Global status report on preventing violence against children 2020

Are governments taking the necessary steps to end violence against children?

Five hear old surrounded by a group of children in her kindergarten 'Bopezhan' in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan.
UNICEF/UN0214726/Babajanyan VII Photo


Globally, an estimated one out of two children aged 2–17 years old suffer some form of violence each year. Over their lifetime, children exposed to violence are at increased risk of mental and physical health problems, and negative educational outcomes. The economic costs of these consequences are enormous.

Through survey results with 1,000 decision-makers from 155 countries, this report provides a baseline against which governments can monitor their progress in ending violence against children through the lens of the seven INSPIRE evidence-based strategies over the course of 2020–2030. INSPIRE serves as a technical package and handbook for selecting, implementing, and monitoring effective policies, programmes and services to prevent and respond to violence against children.

The report documents if governments:

  • have national plans of action, policies and laws that are consistent with those identified as effective by INSPIRE.
  • are accurately measuring fatal and non-fatal instances of violence.
  • have established quantified baseline and target values against which to monitor their progress in ending violence against children.
  • are supporting the implementation of evidence-based interventions along the lines of those included under the seven INSPIRE strategies.


Please contact:


WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNSRSG/VAC and End Violence Against Children
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