UN endorses statement on violence against children

12 October 2015

The United Nations have endorsed recommendations put forward by the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) on tackling violence against children in Europe.

In a joint statement,ENOC and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children called on European leaders to make every effort to combat violence against children.

ENOC – of which the Commissioner is a member – recently held a conference focusing on the subject in Amesterdam.

In their conference position statement, the Network recommended ten measures for European governments to take to combat violence against children. The recommendations, based on a report published by the Dutch Ombudsman for Children on a Europe-wide approach to combating child abuse, call for:

  • encouraging positive parenting
  • training professionals to detect child abuse
  • providing better support to victims.

Preventing violence against children.

Violence against children remains a major problem in societies across Europe.

While the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have the right to grow up without violence, approximately one in ten European children are estimated to experience domestic violence at some point during their childhood.

Domestic violence can have lifelong consequences. It can increase the risk of:

  • poor performance in school
  • unemployment
  • poverty
  • criminal behaviour
  • radicalisation
  • health problems.

Read the joint statement of ENOC and the UN.

Read ENOC’s position statement on violence against children.