Global annual results report 2022 : Goal Area 3

Every child is protected from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harmful practices

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In 2022, UNICEF scaled up child protection prevention and response programming to address the most significant risk and protective factors across the humanitarian–development–peace nexus. This included strengthening family and parenting support to prevent violence in the home; expanding our work to address online child sexual exploitation and abuse; tackling gender-based violence; working towards universal access to birth registration; improving access to justice for children; preventing family separation; and ending grave violations in armed conflicts. UNICEF has invested significantly in strengthening child protection systems to ensure no child is left behind.

UNICEF has also sharpened its programmatic focus to address the social and behavioural determinants of child violations. This included scaling up established social and behaviour change programming to end harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and child marriage, while also expanding social and behaviour change efforts related to violence against girls, boys and women across all contexts.

In 2022, UNICEF and partners’ collective actions significantly contributed to reaching many millions of children accross the globe, including adolescents, and their parents and caregivers with a range of UNICEF-supported child protection prevention and response interventions.

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