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






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UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a driving force behind a movement to build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with children.

We believe that everyone has a responsibility to see that children are safe. We work with individuals, civic groups, governments and the private sector to help create protective environments for them.

Protection of children against violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, trafficking and deprivation of parental care is essential for every aspect of their survival, growth and development. We support programmes to prevent such violations, and to identify and help their victims. But we go further, working with governments, civil society, individuals and the private sector to build a protective environment around every child.

UNICEF programmes across Europe and Central Asia aim to strengthen different aspects of the protective environment, helping Governments fulfil their obligations on child protection. We urge them to develop national child protection policies and have helped to bring national child protection legislation into line with international human rights standards in 11 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Real lives stories from UNICEF

Breaking the wall of silence: child abuse and neglect in Armenia




Bosnia and Herzegovina: Vanja and Anna find refuge in Mostar

The story of two girls trafficked from Russia and Moldova who have found refuge in Mostar

Georgia: alternatives to orphanages -- a shelter for mothers and children

An article on the Mother and Child Shelter at the Tbilisi Infants' Home, Georgia


Kyrgyzstan: The reality of child poverty

An article on the first Child Poverty Conference in Kyrgyzstan in 2004.

Moldova: Students visit young detainees

An article on high school students who visit young detainees in Moldova

Romania: A nursery where kids flourish, teachers are inspired, and parents are delighted

An article on the Step by Step programme for nursery children in Romania

Azerbaijan Diary: a sting in the tale

Lynn Geldof reports from Azerbaijan, March 2005






















Related links

UNICEF Regional Office CEE/CIS

Child protection


Press releases

Children in residential institutions desperately vulnerable to abuse,
31 May 2005, UNICEF
Spanish - Russian - French

UN Independant Expert pleased with response to child violence study
3 April 2003, UNICEF


UNICEF resources
Innocenti Report Card
Child poverty in rich countries, 2005

IRC Changing harmful social convention
Femal genital mutilation/cutting, 2005
Trafficking in Human Beings in South Eastern Europe, 2004

Innocenti Social Monitor, 2004
Economic growth and child poverty in CEE/CIS

Innocenti Report Card
A league table of child deaths by injury in rich nations,


Young Voices: Opinion Survey in
Europe and Central Asia
, 2001
Study on children in residential care in Romania

Creating a protective environment for children

Information note on the observance of legislation on fighting and preventing violence and abuse against children

Evaluation study on child abuse in the Republic of Moldova

Beyond child labour,
Affirming Rights

Child Protection: A Handbook for Parliamentarians, (IPU)

Handbook for Parliamentarians on Child Trafficking (n°9)

UNICEF's priorities for children 2002-2005

Changing Minds, Policies and Lives, Executive Summary

Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Implementation checklists

The media and children's rights
Young people in changing societies, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (2000):  
  Leaving institutional care, Romania
Young people in conflict with the law, Czech Republic