Violence and Injury Prevention

UN Secretary General's Study on Violence Against Children presented to the General Assembly

11 October 2006

In 2001, the General Assembly requested an in-depth study on the question of violence against children. In 2003, the United Nation's Secretary General appointed Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro as the independent expert to direct the study, and requested that an interagency steering committee including OHCHR, UNICEF and WHO be established to guide the study. The study provides an in-depth global picture of violence against children in five settings: the home and family; institutions; schools; workplace, and the community. It makes recommendations for the improvement of legislation, policy and programmes for preventing violence against children and providing services to its victims. The study documents the magnitude and consequences of various types of violence against children, reviews what is known about the causes and protective factors, and highlights prevention strategies. The study is unique in integrating a human rights perspective with public health tools for prevention and victim services.

WHO has provided extensive technical support for the study, drawing upon the violence prevention knowledge and experience brought together by the World report on violence and health and the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. There are two main reports from the Study.

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