Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse

Publications

Core child protection resources

UNICEF, Global Statistics on Children's Protection From Violence, Exploitation and Abuse, 2014

UNICEF, Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action, 2014

UNICEF, Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, 2014

UNICEF, Case studies on UNICEF programming in child protection, 2013

UNICEF, Child protection strategy, 2008

Sheeran Consulting Inc, UNICEF child protection meta-evaluation, 2008

UNICEF, Thematic Report: Child Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse, 2010

UNICEF,
Progress for children: a report card on child protection, 2009

Wulczyn F, Daro D, Fluke J, Feldman S, Glodek C, Lifanda K, Adapting a systems approach to child protection: key concepts and considerations, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, 2010

UNICEF, Child protection system mapping and assessment toolkit, 2010: User's guide [English] [Spanish] [French], Core toolkit [English] [Spanish] [French], Comprehensive toolkit [English] [Spanish] [French]

UNICEF,
The dynamics of social change: towards the abandonment of FGM/C in five African countries, IRC Innocenti Insight, 2010

Mike Wessels, What are we learning about protecting children in the community? An interagency review of the evidence on community based child protection mechanisms in humanitarian and development settings, 2010 (Summary)

United Nations Secretary General's study on violence against children, 2006

UNICEF and the United Nations, Report of Graça Machel - Impact of armed conflict on children, 1996

UNICEF and the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, Graça Machel study ten year strategic review, children and conflict in a changing world, 2009

UNICEF, Core commitments for children in humanitarian action, 2010

Definitions of select child protection terms, 2010

UNICEF, Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse - Thematic report, 2011

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Birth registration

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, UNICEF, USAID, WHO, World Bank Group, Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems through Innovative Approaches in the Health Sector: Guiding Principles and Good Practices, 2013

UNICEF, A Passport to Protection: A Guide to Birth Registration Programming, 2013

UNICEF, Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration, 2013

Smith, Terry, Laura Brownlees, Age Assessment: A technical note, UNICEF 2013 [English] [French] [Spanish]

Smith, Terry, Laura Brownlees, Age Assessment Practices: A literature review and annotated bibliography, UNICEF 2011 [English] [French] [Spanish]

UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, Statistical table on birth registration, 2011

Muzzi, Mariana, UNICEF Working Paper: Good Practices in Integrating Birth Registration into Health Systems (2000-2009), UNICEF, 2010

UNICEF, Birth Registration and Armed Conflict, 2007

UNICEF, The 'rights' start to life: a statistical analysis of birth registration, 2005

UNICEF Childinfo webpage on birth registration: statistical table and graphs

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Child friendly spaces

Global protection cluster, Global education cluster, INEE, IASC, Guidelines for child friendly spaces in emergencies, 2011

UNICEF, A practical guide for developing child friendly spaces

Save the Children, Guidelines on child friendly spaces

Christian Children’s Fund, Starting up child centered spaces in emergencies: A field manual, 2008

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Child labour

UNICEF, Child Labour and UNICEF in Action: Children at the Centre, 2014

UCW, Towards the Effective Measurement of Child Domestic Workers: Building estimates using standards household survey instruments, 2010 (Summary)

UCW, Child labour and the global financial crisis: an issues paper, 2009 (Summary)

UCW, Child labour in Bangladesh and India: A preliminary gender-based analysis, 2009 (Summary)

UCW, Child labour as a response to shocks: evidence from Cambodian villages, 2008 (Summary)

UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, Statistical table on child labour, 2011

UNICEF, Child labour and school attendance: Evidence from MICS and DHS surveys, 2008

UNICEF, Child labour, education and the principle of non-discrimination, 2005

International Labour Organisation, Convention concerning the prohibition and immediate action for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, C182, 1999

International Labour Organisation, Convention concerning the minimum age for admission to employment, C138, 1973

UNICEF Childinfo webpage on child labour: Statistical table and graphs

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Child marriage

UNICEF, Ending Child Marriage: Progress and prospects, 2014

UNICEF, Childinfo webpage on child marriage: graphs and statistical tables

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Child Protection and ICTs

UNICEF, Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection, 2014

UNICEF, Child Safety Online Global challenges and strategies, 2011

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Child protection systems

UNICEF Webinar Series on Child Protection Systems (November 2013 - April 2014)

Joint Interagency Statement, Strengthening child protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: A call to action [French]

Child Protection Systems Conference, 13-16 November 2012, New Delhi. Papers, presentations and conference report.

Oak Foundation, Plan, REPSSI, RIATT, Save the Children, Terres des Hommes, The African Child Policy Forum, UNICEF, World Vision, Strengthening child protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2012

UNICEF, Measuring and monitoring child protection systems, Proposed regional core indicators for East Asia and the Pacific, 2012

Plan, Save the Children, TRG, UNICEF, World Vision, Policy and programmig resource guide for child protection systems strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2011

Wulczyn F, Daro D, Fluke J, Feldman S, Glodek C, Lifanda K, Adapting a systems approach to child protection: key concepts and considerations, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, 2010

UNICEF, Child protection system mapping and assessment toolkit, 2010: User's guide [English] [Spanish] [French], Core toolkit [English] [Spanish], Comprehensive toolkit [English] [Spanish] [French]

Child Frontiers, Research manual: child protection systems mapping and analysis in West and Central Africa phase II, UNICEF 2010

John D. Fluke and Fred Wulczyn, A concept note on child protection systems monitoring and evaluation, UNICEF, 2010

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Child recruitment, release and reintegration

The Paris Commitments to Protect Children from Unlawful Recruitment or Use by Armed Forces or Armed Groups [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups [Arabic] [English] [French] [Spanish]

UNICEF, Advocacy brochure on the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups, December 2012

UNICEF, Press Coverage: Third Follow-Up Forum to the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups, 2010

N'Djamena Declaration on Ending Recruitment and Use of Children by Armed Forces and Groups, 2010

Universal ratification campaign on the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, 2009


The European Network for a Research Agenda on Children in Armed Conflict

Videos developed by UNICEF and Paris Principles Steering Group partners, screened at Paris Principles Forums: 
2012 – Ishmael Beah's first-hand account of his August 2012 mission to the Central African Republic in his capacity as UNICEF's Global Advocate for Children Affected by Armed Conflict
2011 – Release of 3,551 children from Sudan People's Liberation Army in South Sudan (Password: nomorewar)
2010 – Awareness-raising video on child recruitment, release and reintegration

Photo Essay: Maoist child soldiers return to civilian life in Nepal

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Child trafficking

Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons, An analytical review 10 years on from the adoption of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol, 2010

ILO, UNICEF, UN.GIFT, Training manual to fight child trafficking in children for labour, sexual and other forms of exploitation, 2009
Textbook 1: Understanding child trafficking
Textbook 2: Action against child trafficking at policy and outreach levels
Textbook 3: Matters of process
Exercise book
Facilitator's guide

UNODC, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNICRI, UNIFEM, OHCHR, ILO, IOM, OSCE, OAS, Anti-Slavery, John Hopkins, ECPAT, TdH, International Framework for Action to Implement the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, 2009

UNICEF, Reversing the trend: Child trafficking in East and Southeast Asia, 2009

UNICEF, Risks and Realities of Child Trafficking and Exploitation in Central Asia, 2009

UNICEF, Guidelines on the protection of child victims of trafficking, 2006

UNICEF, Interparliamentary Union, Handbook for Parliamentarians: Combating Child Trafficking, 2005

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and children, 2000

Hague Convention, Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, 1980

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Children living with disability

WHO and The World Bank, World report on disability, 2011

UNICEF, It’s about ability: Learning guide on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2009 [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

UNICEF, It’s about ability: An explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2008 [Braille] [English] [French] [Greek] [Italian] [Japanese] [Montenegro] [Portuguese] [Russian] [Spanish] [Filipino]

UNICEF, Monitoring child disability in developing countries: results from the Multiple indicator cluster surveys, 2008

UNICEF, Children with disabilities: Ending discrimination and promoting participation, development, and inclusion, 2007

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Promoting the rights of children with disabilities, 2007 [English] [Russian]

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Children and disability in Transition in CEE/CIS and Baltic States, 2005 [English] [Russian]

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Family strengthening and children without parental care

Global Protection Cluster, IRC, World Vision, Save the Children, Alternative care in emergencies toolkit, 2013

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde, International Social Service, Oak Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages International and UNICEF, Moving forward: Implementing the ‘Guidelines for the alternative care of children’, 2012 [English] [French] [Italian] [Mandarin] [Russian] [Spanish]

UNICEF, Children in Informal Alternative Care, 2011

UNICEF, At home or in a home, 2011

Relaf, UNICEF, Application of the Guidelines for the alternative care of children: A guide for practitioners and User's guide, including child-friendly versions; 2011 [French] [Portuguese] [Spanish]

Relaf, UNICEF, Aplicación de las directrices de las Naciones Unidas sobre modalidades alternativas de cuidado de los niños, 2011

Roby, Jini,  Children in informal alternative care, UNICEF, 2011

UNICEF, State of the world’s children statistical table, 2011.

United Nations, Guidelines for the alternative care of children, 2010 [Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Better Care Network

Better Care Network,Better Care toolkit, 2010

Better Care Network and UNICEF, Manual for the measurement of indicators for children in formal care, 2009

Hague conference on international private law

Hague Convention, Convention on the international recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance, 2007

Hague Convention, Convention on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition, enforcement and co-operation in respect of parental responsibility and measures for the protection of children, 1996

Hague Convention, Convention on protection of children and co-operation in respect of intercountry adoption, 1993

Hague Convention, Convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction, 1980

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Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)
UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change - Summary Report of Phase I 2008 – 2013, 2014 [English] [French]

UNFPA-UNICEF Joint programme for the acceleration of the abandonment of FGM/C

UNICEF, Female genital mutilation/cutting: What might the future hold?, 2014

UNICEF, Female genital mutilation/cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change, 2013

UNFPA, UNICEF, Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C: Final Report and Country Case Studies, 2013

UNICEF, The dynamics of social change: Towards the abandonment of FGM/C in five african countries, Innocenti insight, 2010 [Français]

UNICEF, Legislative reform to support the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting, 2010

WHO, Global strategy to stop health care providers from performing FGM, 2010 [French]

OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNECA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO, Eliminating female genital mutilation - An interagency statement, 2008

UNICEF, Long-term evaluation of the Tostan programme in Senegal: Kolda, Thiès and Fatick regions, 2008 [French]

The Donor's working group on female genital mutilation/cutting

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Gender-based violence

IRC, UNICEF, Caring for child survivors of sexual abuse (Guidelines for health and psychosocial service providers in humanitarian settings, Staff supervision and monitoring tools, Case management forms), 2012 [Also available in French]

UN interagency, Mental health and psychosocial support for conflict-related sexual violence: principles and interventions, 2012 [French]

UN interagency, Mental health and psychosocial support for conflict-related sexual violence: 10 myths, 2012 [French]

UN interagency, Do’s and don’ts in community-based psychosocial programming in regard to sexual violence in conflict-affected settings, 2012 [French]

Gender-based violence information management system

GBV AoR Working Group, Handbook for Coordinating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, 2010

Inter-agency standing committee gender-based violence guidelines in humanitarian settings

UN action against sexual violence in conflict

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Justice for Children

UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women, Informal Justice Systems: Charting a course for human-rights based engagement, 2012 [Full report] [Summary]

UNODC and UNICEF, Training website for professionals working with child victims and witnesses of crime

Children's Legal Center and UNICEF, Guidance for legislative reform on juvenile justice, 2011

IPJJ, Criteria and evaluation of juvenile justice reform programmes, 2011

UNICEF, Administrative detention of children: a global report, 2011

DPKO and OHCHR, The United Nations rule of law indicators - Implementation guide and project tools, 2011

UNICEF, Toolkit on diversion from judicial proceedings and alternatives to deprivation of liberty

UNODC, UNICEF and the International Bureau for Child Rights, Handbook for professionals and policy makers on justice in matters involving child victims and witnesses of crime, 2009 [Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

United Nations, Secretary-General guidance note on the UN approach to justice for children, 2008

UNICEF and UNODC, Manual for the measurement of juvenile justice indicators, 2007 [English] [French] [Spanish]

PRI/ UNICEF, Juvenile Justice Training Manual, 2007 (available in Arabic, English, French and Russian)

UNODC, UNICEF and the International Bureau for Child Rights, Child-friendly version of the UN Guidelines on justice in matters involving child victims and witnesses of crime, 2006 [Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

UNODC and UNICEF, Model law on justice in matters involving child victims and witnesses of crime, 2009 

Interagency panel on juvenile justice [English] [French] [Spanish]

UNICEF website on juvenile justice reform in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

United Nations rule of law coordination and resource group

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Landmines and indiscriminate weapons

United Nations Mine Action Team “Electronic Mine Information Network”

United Nations Development Programme Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery’s “Mine Action Programme”

International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

International Committee of the Red Cross "Anti-personnel Landmines"

Save the Children, Devastating Impact: Explosive Weapons and Children, 2011

UNICEF, Emergency Mine Risk Education Toolkit, 2008

International Mine Action Standards’ Mine/ERW Risk Education, 2010

Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Fact Sheet, 2010

UN Inter-agency Gender and Mine Action Guidelines, March 2010

The Ottawa Treaty - Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, signed December 1997

Convention on Cluster Munitions, signed December 2008

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed March 2007

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Monitoring and reporting mechanisms of grave child rights violations

UN Security Council Resolution 1882 (2009)

UN Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005)

Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict

Conflict affected countries covered by the MRM

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

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Psychosocial support and well-being

Inter-Agency Standing Committee, IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings, 2007

Inter-Agency Guide to the Evaluation of Psychosocial Programming in Humanitarian Crises, 2011

Inter-agency standing committee on mental health and psychosocial support reference group

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Sexual violence against children

Together for Girls, Sexual Violence Fact Sheet, 2012 

Together for Girls, Technical Action Framework, 2011

Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

The Rio de Janeiro Declaration and Call for Action to Prevent and Stop Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents

UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the Internet and other information and communication technologies, 2010-2011

UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Child Safety Online: Global challenges and strategies, 2011. Report - Summary

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children  

Together for Girls Initiative to End Sexual Violence

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism

ECPAT International

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Small arms and light weapons

Armed Violence Prevention Programme

Coordination Action on Small Arms

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

CASA’s International Small Arms Control Standards

World Bank, Violence in the City: Understanding and Supporting Community Responses to Urban Violence, September 2010

Small Arms Survey, 2010

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Linking Security System Reform and Armed Violence Reduction Programming note, 2011

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and World Bank, Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean, March 2007

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Social protection

Department for International Development, United Kingdom (DFID UK), HelpAge International, Hope & Homes for Children, Institute of Development Studies, International Labour Organization, Overseas Development Institute, Save the Children UK, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, Joint Statement on Child Sensitive Social Protection, 2009

UNICEF Special Issue: Spotlighting the relationship between social welfare services and cash transfers within social protection for children. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care

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Unaccompanied and separated children

UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Enhancing Cooperation on the Protection of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Youth – A Briefing Paper, 2011

UNICEF, Emergency field handbook: a guide for UNICEF staff, 2005

UNICEF, Unaccompanied and separated children in tsunami-affected countries: UNICEF Guiding Principles, 2005  

ICRC, UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children UK, and International Rescue Committee, Inter-Agency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children, 2004

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Violence against children

Government of Swaziland, Together for Girls, UNICEF, From Research to Action: Advancing Prevention and Response to Violence against Children: Report on the Global Violence against Children Meeting, 2014

UNICEF, Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action, 2014

UNICEF, Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, 2014

University of Cape Town, WHO, UNICEF, and the WHO-led Violence Prevention Alliance, Preventing violence: Evaluating outcomes of parenting programmes, 2013

Cassie Landers, Preventing and Responding to Violence, Abuse, and Neglect in Early Childhood: A Technical Background Document, Columbia University School of Public Health and Maestral International, 2013

UNICEF. Divison of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, US CDC and the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Violence against Children in Kenya: Findings from a 2010 National Survey, 2012

UNICEF, Fourth study on chid abuse in Chile, 2012

UNICEF, US CDC, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Violence against children in Tanzania - Findings from a national survey 2009, 2011

UNICEF, Child disciplinary practices at home, 2010

UNICEF, Plan West Africa, Save the Children Sweden West Africa and ActionAid, Too often in silence – A report on school-based violence, 2010

UNICEF and Religions for Peace, From commitment to action – what religions communities can do to eliminate violence against children, 2010

UNICEF, From invisible to indivisible: promoting and protecting the right of the girl child to be free from violence, 2008

UNICEF, A national study on violence against children and young woman in Swaziland, 2007

Inter-Parliamentary Union and UNICEF, Eliminating violence against children, 2007

United Nations, United Nations Secretary-General's report on violence against children, 2006

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Optional protocols to the Convention on the rights of the child

UNICEF, Advocacy brochure for campaign for universal ratification, December 2012

UNICEF, Press release for UN ‘2010 Treaty Event: Towards Universal Participation and Implementation’, September 2010

UNICEF, Press release for commemorative and launch event, May 2010

UNICEF, Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, 2009

UNICEF, Guide to the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 2003

Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, 2002

Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, 2002

Signature and ratification status of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (as of December 2012)

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