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.
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This discussion paper explores the interlinkages between violence against children and children's care in the African context, including in legal and policy frameworks, data collection and use for decision making, service delivery, and public awareness to ensure families can be supported and empowered to provide protective, stable, and appropriate care for children.
This report describes the details of the Africa Expert Consultation: Violence Against Children in All Care Settings, which took place 21-22 June 2017.
This Annex compiles the presentations delivered at the 21-22 June 2017 Africa Expert Consultation on Violence Against Children in All Care Settings and is intended to accompany the Final Report of the meeting.
Resulting from the June 2017 Africa Expert Consultation on Violence against Children in All Care Settings and adopted by all participants, this Declaration calls upon leaders at national, sub-regional, pan-African and global levels for further action to fulfill their obligation to protect children against violence in all care settings, with emphasis on alternative care.
On 21-22 June 2017, the African Child Policy Forum and Better Care Network - with the support of Catholic Relief Services, Family for Every Child, Hope and Homes for Children and Save the Children - convened 40 leaders representing child rights bodies, regional economic communities, national governments and civil society in Nairobi, Kenya for the Africa Expert Consultation: Violence Against Children in All Care Settings.
In this video message, Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on Violence against Children, addresses the June 2017 Africa Expert Consultation on Violence against Children (VAC) in All Care Settings.
In advance of the 21st Pan American Child and Adolescent Congress, an international consultation on the elimination of violence against children in alternative care was convened. This position statement from the consultation was presented at the 21st Pan American Child and Adolescent Congress.
The Government of Brazil and the Global Movement for Children in Latin America and Caribbean (MMI LAC), hosted a regional Expert Consultation on Violence against Children and Care prior to the 21st Pan American Child and Adolescent Congress.