Child vulnerability to rights violations unfortunately exists in many settings, including in homes, schools, communities and at work.
Addressing all the underlying and interconnecting factors that threaten the safety and wellbeing of children's rights requires a joined-up approach.
UNICEF advocates for building comprehensive child protection systems as the best way to address the full spectrum of complex risk factors children experience. That means taking action and creating the necessary links across key sectors like health, social welfare, education, and the justice system. Strong laws, standards, guidelines and procedures backed by sufficient funding and human resources are key.
Knowledge and understanding of the core issues is also vital. UNICEF works to generate robust evidence to gain informed understanding of social norms that drives violence, exploitation and abuse, in order to promote positive behaviour change and bring an end to harmful practices.
Solid data and facts on the situation of children in relation to child protection is also essential in order to advocate for improved policies and systems.