Knowledge, attitudes and practices survey violence against children in families in Kazakhstan


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Over the past decade there has been increased attention and recognition globally as to the pervasive nature and extent of VAC, and the impact of violence, abuse and neglect on children. In Kazakhstan, there has been important progress made at the national level to document the nature and extent of VAC across settings, including in schools, state-run residential institutions and communities. This includes a focus on knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) related to VAC in families. Steps have also been taken to improve the ability of child protection, education, health and justice sectors to identify and respond to VAC, and to provide child victims with communitybased services to support their recovery. Nevertheless, VAC remains largely hidden, as most incidents of VAC go underreported and undocumented.

Data and findings from this study should be used to inform policy dialogue and development, programme development on prevention and responses to VAC in families, and to formulate key messages for communication initiatives on child rights in the home and family.

Ms. Robin Haarr, UNICEF Senior Consultant
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