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Six Strategies to Prevent and Respond to VAC

 “Governments are increasingly fulfilling their human rights obligations to children. We have more evidence than ever, and this informs an ever-growing number of programmes to prevent and respond to violence. UNICEF has identified six key strategies of ‘what works’ to prevent and respond to violence against children, which have proven to be effective. An idea that infuses our work is that no violence is inevitable; all of it is preventable.” - Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF.

STRATEGY 1:     Supporting parents, caregivers and families.

Educating families, caregivers and parents on their child’s early development increases the likelihood that they will use positive disciplining methods. This reduces the risk of violence within the home. 

STRATEGY 2:    Helping children and adolescents manage risks and challenges

Giving children and adolescents the skills to cope and manage risks and challenges without the use of violence and to seek appropriate support when violence does occur is crucial for reducing violence in schools and communities.

STRATEGY 3:    Changing attitudes and social norms that encourage violence and discrimination

 Changing the attitudes and social norms that hide violence in plain sight is the surest way to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.

STRATEGY 4:    Promoting and providing support services for children

 Encouraging children to seek quality professional support and report incidents of violence helps them to better cope with and resolve experiences of violence.

STRATEGY 5:    Implementing laws and policies that protect children

 Implementing and enforcing laws and policies that protect children sends a strong message to society that violence is unacceptable and will be punished.

STRATEGY 6:    Carrying out data collection and research

 Knowing about violence – where it occurs, in what forms, and which age groups and communities of children are most affected – is essential to planning and designing intervention strategies, and setting numerical and time-bound targets to monitor progress and end violence.

Source : UNICEF Publication, September , 2014
Photo: Plateau Child Protection Network members


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