devastating impact on children exposing the survivors to the risks of lifelong

Devastating impact on children exposing the survivors

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devastating impact on children, exposing the survivors to the risks of lifelong health, social, emotional and cognitive problems. Violence perpetuates poverty, illiteracy and early mortality. Multiplied many times over, violence robs a society of its potential for development. Research has identified factors that strengthen the resilience of children who have experienced violence. These include secure attachment to an adult family member, high levels of paternal care, a warm and supportive relationship with a non-abusing parent and supportive relationships with peers. Among the 12 key recommendations of the study, are the following: Prioritizing prevention of violence against children by addressing its underlying causes 3 The report was presented to the UN General Assembly on 11 October 2006 Draft Position Paper: Communication for Development – Realizing Strategic Shifts and Accelerating Results for Children Policy and Practice, UNICEF New York, April 2009 6
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Actions to change attitudes that condone accept and promote any form of violence against children, including stereotypical gender roles and discrimination, acceptance of corporal punishment, and harmful traditional practices Ongoing training and education for those who work with children to equip them to prevent, detect, and respond to violence against children. Communication is a key factor in taking forward each of the above recommendations. Several country offices around the world have initiated and/or implemented projects. A systematic mapping of these initiatives needs to be conducted to ascertain common approaches, good practices, lessons learned and key challenges. In Latin America, a mapping and analysis of C4D initiatives for addressing violence is underway. Communication officers in the region have identified a few areas that require focused efforts, notably corporal punishment and creating safe spaces for children. UNICEF New York has initiated dialogue with external partners, to start a collaborative effort on addressing the social and behavioural dimension of violence against children. Initial work is underway to develop a cross-sectoral C4D strategy that is based on a life cycle approach and aims to achieve large scale social change and transformation. This effort will also focus on improving parental practices that strengthen the parent-child bond and help the social, emotional and cognitive development of children. It will build on and support the Child-friendly Schools and Life Skills Based Education initiatives with a view to preventing bullying, corporal punishment, and sexual abuse by peers and teachers. It also will build on and support initiatives for adolescent participation, with a focus on engaging marginalized adolescent girls. All these initiatives will seek to engage boys and men in the effort to end violence and create a culture of peaceful dialogue.
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