Sub-Saharan Africa

From a Whisper to a Shout: A Call to End Violence against Children in Alternative Care

Posted By: • March 30th, 2016

This report from the University of Bedfordshire International Centre (RISE implementing partner) and SOS Children’s Villages provides practitioners and policy-makers with recommendations on how to protect children in alternative care from violence.

Using evidence drawn from an extensive global literature review and assessments of the implementation of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in 21 countries worldwide, including 8 in Africa, the report makes critical assertions about the high levels of vulnerability and risk of violence facing children in alternative care and concludes that, with an emphasis on providing quality care, it is possible to reduce the risks of harm to children.

A key overall recommendation from the report is that preventing and responding to violence against children in alternative care should be a shared responsibility. While states must assume primary responsibility for the implementation of protective measures to prevent violence, all stakeholders – international and regional organisations, donors, care providers, civil society, the private sector, communities, families, and children and young people – must be empowered to work together as well as to hold States accountable so that children are sufficiently protected from harm.

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