Executive Board documents




Child protection

Legal Protection from Violence (pdf)
Published: July 2015

This study analyses laws related to violence against children in 10 ASEAN Member States in order to identify any gaps or weaknesses in protection afforded to children. The review was commissioned by UNICEF EAPRO and conducted by the CORAM Children’s Legal Centre. Findings and recommendations for law reform specific to each State are provided. 

Country fact sheets


Estimating the economic burden of violence against children in East Asia and the Pacific (pdf)
Published: June 2015

Violence against children is fundamentally wrong and is a tragedy for every child affected. In addition to the moral case for action, this research shows that there is also an impact on health and human capital, and an economic cost. This is first ever costing of child maltreatment in the Asia-Pacific region.

Unequal at Birth: Disparities in Birth Registration in East Asia and the Pacific (pdf)
Publish: February 2015

135 million children in Asia and the Pacific remain unregistered, representing 59 per cent of the global total. Without birth registration, children may face exclusion from essential services such as health care, education, social services and protection. This paper shows that improving birth registration in the region and tackling inequities present in many national registration practices requires a comprehensive, multi-sector and multi-dimensional response.  

Reimagine the Future: Innovation for every child (The State of the World's Children 2015) (pdf)
Published: November 2014

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this edition of The State of the World’s Children calls for brave and fresh thinking to address age-old problems that still affect the world’s most disadvantaged children. The report is inspired by the work of innovators around the world – who are pushing boundaries and crafting solutions for local problems that reflect urgent global needs – towards a future in which all children can enjoy their rights. 

The digital report is a crowd-sourced compilation of stories and videos. It includes an interactive platform that maps innovations in countries all over the world, and invites users to put their own ideas ‘on the map’. It is available at 

25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Is the world a better place for children? (pdf)
Published: Septmeber 2014

In this essay marking 25 years of the Convention, UNICEF examines how the world has changed over the past quarter century and poses a vital question: Does a child born today have better prospects in life than one who was born in 1989? The answer is yes, but not every child.

Violence against Children in East Asia and the Pacific (pdf)
Published: September 2014

A Regional Review and Synthesis of Findings. This meta-synthesis takes forward the analysis of some 364 quality research pieces that were systematically reviewed in the 2012 UNICEF EAPRO report 'Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences'. It condenses these findings into a format more easily accessible for governments, policy makers and technical experts in the region.

National Child Protection Systems in the East Asia and Pacific Region: A Review and Analysis of Mapping and Assessment (pdf)
Published: June 2014

This report presents a review of mappings and assessments of the child protection system in 14 countries in the region. The recommendations set out in this report will be taken forward by the Working Group to promote the development and strengthening of child protection systems in the region that will better safeguard children from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers: Every Child Counts (pdf)
Published:  January 2014

The report highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many. It also notes that "being counted makes children visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights." It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. 

Children's Rights and Business Principles (pdf)
Published: March 2013

The Children's Rights and Business Principles are the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children's rights.

Child Protection in Educational Settings: Findings from Six Countries (pdf)
Published: October 2012
Published by: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

This publication presents the findings from a six-country regional mapping of the capacity and activities for child protection in education settings. The mapping offers an initial assessment of what educational institutions are doing to respond to child protection concerns, and identifies mechanisms that foster an open atmosphere for dialogue. 

Measuring and Monitoring Child Protection Systems (pdf)
Published: October 2012
Published by: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

This publication proposes a framework of core indicators for measuring and monitoring national child protection systems in the region. These indicators will support monitoring and assessment of the enabling environment or ‘governance’ of national child protection systems: the relevant legal and regulatory structure, the social welfare system for children and families, and the justice system as it relates to child protection.

Child Maltreatment: Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences (pdf)
Published: August 2012,
Published by: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

The report is the first-ever comprehensive analysis of existing studies undertaken by experts and academics about child maltreatment in the region. It examines studies produced between January 2000 and November 2010. Estimates vary but the report found that even the best case scenario suggests 1 in 10 children experience physical abuse.

Child Drowning: Evidence for a newly recognized cause of child mortality in low and middle income countries in Asia (pdf)
Published: May 2012
Published by: UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Drowning is a leading cause of death among children in low- and middle-income countries in Asia. Large numbers of these deaths could be prevented annually if these drowning interventions were included in current country programmes. The prevention of these drowning deaths would result in a rapid decrease in early childhood mortality.

A study of attitudes towards residential care in Cambodia (pdf)
Published: February 2012
Published by: UNICEF Cambodia

The number of institutions and children living in residential care in Cambodia continues to rise. This study looks at why families are choosing to place children in residential care, why the number of facilities continues to grow and what can be done to strengthen families and communities to care for children instead.

The Child Protection in Emergencies Community of Practice Network for the Asia Pacific Region (pdf)
Published: 2012

People committed to helping children in emergencies meet online in the CPiE Community of Practice to discuss the most important steps to help children caught up in life threatening situations. Community members talk about their work, the challenges they face and the lessons they have learned, and share stories and experiences.

Child Disciplinary Practices at Home (pdf)
Published: March 2011

Existing studies suggest that exposing a child to violent discipline has harmful consequences for the victim as well as the society in which he or she lives. They show that even mild forms of physical discipline are harmful to children, hindering their cognitive capacity and increasing the proclivity for future violent acts.

Report Card 9: The Children Left Behind (pdf)
Published: 2010
Published by: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

A landmark report by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre has found that children in many wealthy European nations and the United States suffer greater inequality than children in numerous industrialized nations.

From Commitment to Action (pdf)
Published: 2010
Published by: UNICEF, Religions for Peace

Working together, we are committed to ensuring that all societies uphold the rights and advance the well-being of children. In particular, we recognize that religious communities can be unique and irreplaceable agents in protecting and nurturing children.

East Asia and the Pacific Child Protection Programme Strategy Toolkit (pdf)
Published: 2009

This Toolkit was designed in 2008 primarily for use by UNICEF country offices in East Asia and the Pacific. It is a guide for developing national systems to protect children from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence. And it is a compass for implementing the UNICEF child protection programme strategies in the region.

Progress for Children (pdf)
Published: 2009
Published by: UNICEF

It is now two decades since the landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted. As we mark its 20th anniversary this year, this edition of Progress for Children provides key information on child protection.

Reversing the Trend: Child Trafficking in East and Southeast Asia (pdf)
Published: 2009
Published by: UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

This report is a regional assessment of UNICEF’s efforts to address child trafficking, drawing on country assessments conducted in China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam in early 2008. It also highlights trends, gaps, lessons learned, promising and good practices across the region.

East Asia and the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (pdf)
Published: 2008
Published by: ECPAT International, UNESCAP, UNICEF

The EAP Regional Preparatory Meeting mirrored the structure and process of the World Congress at the regional level, providing regional stakeholders with an opportunity to assess progress and review emerging trends in order to refine conceptual and practical tools for combating sexual exploitation of children at national, regional and global levels. As for the World Congress, the regional preparatory meeting also intended to arrive at a proposed list of achievable and measurable targets.



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