Resources

Resources to help stop violence against children

Ending Corporal Punishment of Children

This handbook aims to provide a useful tool and reference for all those engaging with and within religious communities and faith-based institutions and organisations to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment of children. The handbook is based on the premises that the major world religions value and respect the human dignity of every person including children and that compassion, justice, equality and non-violence are claimed by most people of faith to be central to their religion. At the same time it recognises that there are those in most of the world’s religions who use their faith and sacred texts to justify corporal punishment of children, and most campaigns for legal reform encounter strong resistance from some religious communities and organisations.

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A Handbook on Good Parenting

This handbook aims to provide principles and methods that can help readers to be good parents today. Many people approach parenthood in an "impulsive manner," which means that we do not think ahead of the principles, methods or values that we will be guided as parents. This handbook takes a stance that anyone can become a better parent if approached the task "more thoughtfully and with clarity about our principles and methods."

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The Campaign for the Universal Ratification of the Optional Protocols

25 May 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the two Optional Protocols to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children, namely the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict. A two-year global campaign for universal ratification was launched with the participation of the UN Secretary-General. The campaign – which is supported by the Special Representative on Violence against Children, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – aims to achieve the universal ratification of the Protocols by 2012.

The signing and ratification of the two Optional Protocols strengthen the moral consensus that it is a basic human right for all children to live free from violence and exploitation. With universal ratification, there will be a shared normative foundation to guide concerted efforts, to prevent loopholes in child protection systems and to fight impunity within and across borders.

For more information, please see: http://www.unicef.org/protection/index_56245.html

Initiatives to abolish corporal punishment of children:

The new global progress report for 2010 entitled Ending Legalized Violence against Children was published jointly by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children and Save the Children Sweden. This documents substantial progress and active campaigns in all regions towards the prohibition of corporal punishment of children in the context of the follow up to the UN Secretary General's Study on Violence against Children. The report also includes a major section on what it means to achieve law reform for the effective protection of children from all forms of violence, and how to do it.

For more information, please see: http://www.endcorporalpunishment.org/pages/pdfs/reports/GlobalReport2010.pdf

Ending legalised violence against children: Global report 2011

Published jointly by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children and Save the Children Sweden, Ending legalised violence against children: Global report 2011 reviews progress towards prohibition of corporal punishment of children throughout the world in the context of follow up to the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children. Based on detailed analyses of the work of international human rights treaty bodies and of the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, the report identifies states which appear to be making progress and those where reforms must be made. Information on active campaigns worldwide, recent research into the prevalence of corporal punishment and a table of the legality of corporal punishment in all settings in all states provide both an overview of the current situation and a context for increasing efforts to enact legislation which fully protects children from assault.

Ending legalised violence against children: Global report 2011

Publications to support improved child-rearing practices

UNICEF recently published: Child Disciplinary Practices at Home: Evidence from a Range of Low and Middle Income Countries. The findings from the report were launched at a panel discussion on “Better data and research to address violence against children” chaired by the Special Representative during the UN General Assembly in October 2010. The report will inform the development of new laws, policies and programmes to reduce the prevalence of violent child discipline and help prevent its occurrence.

For more information, please see:
http://www.unicef.org/media/files/Child_Disciplinary_Practices_at_Home.pdf

Children in Islam: Their Care, Development and Protection

This guide book is an update of a previous publication on Child Care in Islam (1985), which was published by Al-Azhar University in cooperation with UNICEF. The updated guide book benefited from the expertise of a distinguished group of scholars in the fields of theology, medical science, psychology, sociology and education and published in 2005. The four themes of child rights, child health, child protection and child education are addressed in the guide book, which outlines key Islamic beliefs and traditions and how these impact the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being of their children.

For more information, please see:
http://www.unicef.org/egypt/2023.html

Programs to support safe learning education environments for children

Learn Without Fear: Plan International

In 2008, Plan International launched a global campaign: Learn Without Fear. Two years later, the campaign is running in 44 countries. Children have been involved in all the aspects of the campaign from planning workshops to raising awareness activities.

The report in the link below demonstrates how Plan is taking steps to stop violence in schools and shows that remarkable progress is being made -- from legislative changes to innovative approaches such as training teachers -- to use positive discipline techniques instead of corporal punishment. Social media outreach to communities is also explored.

For more information, please see:
http://plan-international.org/about-plan/resources/publications/campaigns/learn-without-fear-two-year-campaign-progress-report

Legislative Reform

UNICEF and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have jointly produced a handbook Ending Violence against Children which describes the measures parliamentarians can take to end violence against children: they can legislate, oversee government activities, allocate financial resources and, as leaders in their nations and communities, raise awareness of issues. The handbook, 13th in a series, was produced in response to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children.

For more information, please see:
http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_41040.html

The South Asia Forum for Ending Violence against Children (SAIEVAC).

Initially established in 2005 as the “South Asia Forum for Ending Violence against Children (SAF), following the Regional Consultation for the UN Study on Violence against Children, SAIEVAC is an institutional framework with the vision of ending all forms of violence against children in South Asia. SAIEVAC works within the mandate of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution and the SAARC Convention on Regional Arrangements for the Promotion of Child Welfare in South Asia. SAIEVAC is composed of representatives from the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAIEVAC activities are coordinated by a Regional Secretariat currently hosted by the Government of Nepal.

For more information, please see:
http://www.saievac.org