How safe children feel
mother and her child at a transit camp on the Macedonia-Kosovo
Seventeen per cent of children polled - representing nearly 16
million - say they feel unsafe walking around in their neighbourhood,
3 per cent feeling very unsafe. The proportion of children in the
transition countries (20%) who feel unsafe in their communities
is about double that in Western Europe (11%), with the highest proportion
of children feeling unsafe in Western CIS (26%), South-eastern Europe
(24%) and higher in EU accession candidate countries (19%).
- Twice as many children feel unsafe in urban (21%) than rural
- Girls (19%) are more likely to feel unsafe than boys (15%).
- 20% of children have a friend or a family member who has been
the victim of violence and feel less safe.
- Some (8%) have been a victim of violence themselves.
Children who feel unsafe walking around in their neighbourhood
say it is because they have seen frightening, threatening or suspicious-looking
persons loitering (50%); have witnessed violence such as fights,
acts of aggression, quarrels or street crime (40%); or because of
neighbourhood problems such as poor street lighting, heavy traffic
and dangerous dogs (20%).
Click below to view the responses to the
questions related to this issue:
Is my neighbourhood safe to walk in?
(by detailed region)
Is my neighbourhood safe to walk in?...
accession or socio-economic
This information is provided as a contribution to
discussion on important issues affecting children. UNICEF Regional
offices conducted the polls, analysis and interpretations of the
findings. For more information, please contact the regional
poll contact person directly.