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Safe and child-sensitive counselling and complaint reporting to address violence against children

Año de publicación: 2016 Editor: Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children

Violence against children

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Counselling, complaint and reporting mechanisms constitute critical remedies to address breaches of children’s rights, including violence in all its forms. Their development is anchored in international hu-man rights standards and, in view of their urgency, the Brazil Congress against the Sexual Exploita-tion of Children and Adolescents called on their establishment in all countries by 2013.

The need for safe, well-publicized, confidential and accessible mechanisms for children to report incidents of violence was also a serious area of concern addressed by the UN Study on Violence against Children. The Study recommended their establishment, including through telephone hel-plines which children can access to report abuse, speak to a trained counsellor in confidence, and ask for support and advice.

The Study underscored the need to make all chil-dren, including those in care and justice institutions, aware of the existence of complaint mechanisms and recommended that in every locality and every setting there should be well-publicized and easily accessible services to investigate reports of vio-lence against children.