In 2014, the New York Working Group on Children without Parental Care and the Special Representative for the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence Against Children (VAC) collaborated to initiate a series of regional expert consultations on children’s protection from neglect, abuse and exploitation against children in all care settings. These consultations aim to provide a platform for regional experts, from governments and civil society, to exchange promising practices, lessons learned and to identify progress and challenges in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence Against Children (2006) and of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children (2009). The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (UN SRSG) on Violence against Children (VAC) was appointed in response to the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children.
The SRSG on VAC serves as a high-profile, global independent advocate to promote prevention and elimination of violence against children in all care settings.
The first regional expert consultation on violence and care took place in the Latin American and Caribbean region in December 2014. The Africa Regional Expert Consultation was held in Nairobi in June 2017 and was organized and hosted by the Better Care Network and the African Child Policy Forum, with support from Catholic Relief Services, Family for Every Child, Hope and Homes for Children and Save the Children.