The 21-22 June 2017 Africa Expert Consultation on Violence against Children (VAC) in All Care Settings is one part of a series of regional expert consultations on VAC and Care organized by Better Care Network's Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Initiative, the African Child Policy Forum and other partners, in collaboration with the SRSG on Violence against Children. The expert consultation builds on global and regional progress and commitments surrounding the elimination of violence against children and the establishment of appropriate care for children, in alignment with international standards.
In this video message, Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, offers her keynote address for the June 2017 Africa Expert Consultation, highlighting the urgent issues pertaining to violence against children in alternative care, or those at risk of entering care. SRSG Pais identifies four key points in her message:
- Implement national policies which explicitly ban violence against children in all settings and establish effective mechanisms to address incidents of violence when they occur.
- Invest in prevention, awareness raising, and research to break the invisibility and discrimination of children without appropriate family care.
- Support families on positive parenting and ensure their access to child-sensitive and effective services which assist them in their childrearing duties.
- Ensure children have a voice and are active participants in the issues that affect them.