Preventing Violence Against Young Children

Clarice Da Silva e Paula, Cassie Landers and Theresa Kilbane

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI:
Preventing Violence Against Young Children

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For too many children, home is far from a safe haven. Violation of children often comes from the very social structures and institutions designed to care and protect them. Sadly, these acts of violence, exploitation, and abuse are rarely reported and investigated; few perpetrators are held accountable. Violence toward children is not limited by geography, ethnicity, or status; it is a global phenomenon and one of the most pervasive human rights challenges of our time. Emerging, however, are nascent efforts to improve reporting and protection of young children. Using examples from UNICEF-supported programs, this chapter addresses the magnitude of the problem and provides examples of efforts to counteract it including promoting multiple entry points and linkages with existing services; enhancing program quality and professional capacity; increasing data reliability and the design of effective tracking, monitoring, and evaluation systems; and developing supportive legal and policy frameworks.

Keywords: child protection framework; risk and protective factors; social norms and cultural practices; stress response system; unicef child protection interventions; violence; exploitation and abuse

Chapter.  7701 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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