Regional Consultation for the UN Study on Violence Against Children
. 5 - 7 July 2005 Ljubljana, Slovenia  
Europe and Central Asia






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Communication kit

A Communication Kit has been designed by UNICEF and the Council of Europe for the Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children in Europe and Central Asia, 5-7 July, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Violence in Residential Facilities
Violence in the Community
Violence in Schools
Violence in the Home and Family

Who we are
Changing attitudes
About the UN Study
What you can do


Child's drawing, UNICEF Moldova
Ion Sestacovschi, 9 years old

What you can do...

If you are...

… a member of Parliament

- Legislate for the protection of children against all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation and make sure that mechanisms are in place for consistent implementation, and accountability.
- Monitor the situation of children and ensure that structures to report and respond to violence are in place. You can suggest that an independent body for monitoring child rights is established by law.
- Monitor the consistency of government policies to protect children from violence and evaluate their impact on children.
- Make support to families a political priority and include it in political manifestos.
- Make sure that an adequate budget is allocated by government for the prevention of violence against children and for the protection of victims. Call for prioritization of specific funding lines that will benefit children.
- Consult and cooperate with civil society groups that are working to stop violence against children and participate in campaigns to mobilize public opinion. Ensure that children and young people are also actively involved in the process.

… a professional in direct contact with children, such as a doctor, teacher, social worker, police officer, caregiver, customs officer or judge

- Learn how to recognize early signs of violence and abuse in children and report cases.
- Break the silence. Engage in dialogue with your colleagues, and ask for training on the impact of violence on children and on appropriate and timely responses.
- Be a role model. Adopt a professional code of conduct that respects the physical integrity and dignity of children.
- Challenge social acceptance of violence. Stimulate societal dialogue on violence against children, engage parents and children and activate groups in your community to find ways to stop the violence.
- Put pressure on policy makers to make the well-being of children a national priority.

… a member of a civil society organization

- Raise awareness about violence against children. Collect information on violence and start campaigns for its prohibition and elimination.
- Monitor government actions and programmes and challenge politicians to make the elimination of violence against children a priority.
- Challenge social acceptance of violence against children. Stimulate and facilitate public discussions on violence at community and national levels.
- Help governments to develop models for prevention and protection of children against violence. You can share your experiences, good practices and lessons learned.

… a parent or legal guardian of a child

- Be a role model. Make a personal commitment to positive, non-violent parenting and encourage others to do the same.
- Learn how to recognize signs of violence and abuse in your child, find out where it can be reported and where you can get help if it affects your family.
- Help your children to understand their rights. Ensure that your own children and their friends are aware of their right to be protected from all forms of violence, and have access to the necessary advice and advocacy to assert that right.
- Break the silence and spread the message that violence against children is not acceptable and undermines child development.
- Mobilize people around you. Support school, community and national campaigns to prohibit and eliminate all forms of violence against children.

… a child or a young person

- Learn why violence is harmful and unacceptable and spread the word.
- Learn how to recognize different forms of violence against children and young people.
- Find out where you can report violence if you ever become a victim, or if it happens to any of your friends or neighbours.
- Learn how to protect yourself from abuse and harm and recognize risky situations that you can prevent or avoid.
- Speak up about violence that you have experienced or have witnessed being inflicted on other children and young people, so that they can be properly protected or helped.
- Take an active part in different activities for children and young people to prevent and stop violence against girls and boys.
- Remind adults of their responsibility to protect children from violence and call them to account if they don’t act.
- Be a role model. Make a personal commitment to create non-violent environment for you and your peers.

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