Vulnerable children are at the greatest risk of maltreatment

18 November 2020
child abuse

Every year, millions of girls and boys around the world face child abuse and exploitation. Child abuse affects all children and occurs everywhere – in every country and across all segments of society.

But children living with disabilities, those suffering extreme poverty, girls and boys in street situation, and children separated from their families or on the move – as migrants, refugees or asylum seekers – face the greatest risk.

Every child has the right to be protected from all forms of exploitation and abuse. UNICEF will continue to work with national and provincial authorities and communities to put in place effective, preventive mechanisms and improve the safety of all children including the most vulnerable against all kinds of harms and mistreatment.

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