UNICEF supports efforts to end violence against children. Together with partners, we are committed to improve prevention of and response to violence and abuse of boys and girls, through strengthening national systems, improving legislation and increasing quality services for detection, referral and response.
We foster greater collaboration among key sectors, including health, education, justice and social protection at national and at local levels. To improve coordination among relevant sectors, we are supporting the development of multi-agency response services addressing legal, medical, psychological, educational and social needs of child victims of violence and abuse. Additionally, we support child protection professionals to better prevent and respond to violence against children and to ensure access to justice and child friendly justice.
UNICEF also promotes a positive parenting approach to help parents improve their parenting practices. Evidence shows that positive parenting programmes worldwide have great results for child development, but they have benefits for parents too: parents become less stressed, less angry, less depressed, have less conflict with their partners, and improve their capacity to function at work.
Finally, we are working on increasing awareness and dialogue about violence, promoting protective social norms, garnering commitment, and encouraging action by government, communities, families and children themselves, to end violence against children!