Responding to violence against children

From 17 to 18 April, the Agency took part in the first expert meeting on Responses to Violence against Children established by the Ad hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child (CAHENF) in Strasbourg.

The Agency drew on FRA’s opinions and research, such as in its reports on violence against women survey, Child-friendly justice, Children with disabilities and Lesbian gay bisexual and transgender survey, as well as the outcomes of a stakeholder consultation and internal mapping of available, particularly child-centred, data on children’s experiences of violence and respective support mechanisms.

The committee’s task is to oversee the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2021. The expert group is addressing Sustainable Development Goal’s Agenda 2030 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

It is meant to explore ways to eliminate all forms of violence against children, including possibly setting up a clearing house for responses to violence against children in Member States.