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The UNODC Global Programme to End Violence Against Children (END VAC) was launched in 2015 with the objective to provide support to Member States in preventing and responding to violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNODC is best placed to provide this specialist legal and technical guidance, having over thirty years of experience in the area of child rights and has the specific mandate to support Member States in ensuring that children are better served and protected by justice systems and in protecting them from crime and violence.

Violence against children is a widespread phenomenon affecting millions of children all over the world. Whether it takes place within the family, schools, alternative care and justice institutions, the community or even within workplace environments (both those workplaces mandated under law and those which exist illegally and breach child labour and exploitation laws), it is often implicitly socially condoned and goes without legal sanctions...  read more

UNODC has been implementing its Global Programme to End Violence Against Children which supports Member States in preventing and responding to serious forms of violence against children. UNODC is cognisant that violence against children engages the field of child development. The cornerstone of the UNODC Programme is focused on the need for integrated approaches for addressing forms of violence against children... read more

As defined in international legal instruments, children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. International law directs States to ensure that children are properly cared for and to protect them from violence, abuse and neglect. Should they be victims of violence, States shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical, psychological recovery and social reintegration... read more

UNODC has developed effective tools for policy makers and professionals in the area of violence against children. These tools have been used in the delivery of technical assistance programmes. The publications and resources of UNODC filed under the thematic focus areas of Crime and Violence Prevention; Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime; Juvenile Justice; and Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups... read more

 

In recognition of the need for close inter-agency cooperation, especially to ensure the avoidance of overlapping mandates and duplication of efforts, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Programme to End Violence Against Children works with a number of key partners both United Nations entities and representatives of regional and other international organizations and networks... read more  

 

Recent News

UNODC END VAC introduced its Training Package and the 'Roadmap' within the UN Geneva event celebrating '30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child' 

The UNODC-ENDVAC celebrating 30 YEARS of the Convention on the Rights of the Child organised the Event 'Children affected by Terrorism: A Roadmap for Action' co-sponsored by the Delegation of the EU & the Uruguay PM to the UN in Geneva, to promote global awareness of the impact of terrorism on children and discuss the phenomenon of child recruitment by terrorist and violent extremist groups in order to identify the basis for effective approaches to the treatment of these children... read more & see CRC30  Anniversary

UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups highlighted at the COTER Meeting, European Council   

UNODC participated in the meeting organised by the Working Party on Terrorism (COTER) of the European Council and presented the    UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups. The meeting was a first step in enhancing the partnership between UNODC and the European Council towards protecting children from terrorism and supporting Member States to overcome the challenges associated with this phenomenon...  read more

The UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and UNODC held a joint High-Level event on "Protecting Children Affected by Terrorism"     

Organised on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, the purpose of this event was to launch the UNCCT handbook on "Children Affected by the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon: Ensuring a Child Rights-Based Approach," and to present the UNODC Comprehensive Training Package on Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups. UNCCT and UNODC  joined forces to support Member States that request assistance to address issues related to children affected by terrorism...  read more

UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist groups

The Roadmap is the result of 3 years of technical assistance work by UNODC to Member States that are affected by this phenomenon. It builds upon the twofold mandates of UNODC in the areas of violence against children and counter-terrorism, as well as on an increased understanding of the challenges and promising practices in this area. The Roadmap aims in priority to achieve an enhanced system-wide coherence that supports national priorities and needs...  read more

Useful links

UN Strategies & Measures on the Elimination of VAC

Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNODC Global Programme END VAC Handbook 

UNODC Global Programme END VAC Factsheet

UNODC END VAC Programme Multimedia

 

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