Protecting Children from Violence

Through the power of partnership, we have powered data into action to help protect children from violence. Our global landscape analysis provides the first comprehensive review of country efforts following their Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), synthesizing the views of 225 stakeholders from across 20 countries. Findings from this analysis were presented at a forum of Health Ministries in East, Central and Southern Africa, which led to the adoption of a resolution during the ensuing Health Ministers Conference to recognize violence against children as an issue and the importance of data in addressing it. Additional catalytic support to data-to-action movements is underway in Colombia, Kenya, Namibia, and Moldova.

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Our Approach 


1 billion children aged 2–17 years old have suffered violence (physical, sexual, or emotional) or neglect in the past year, according to a report by the World Health Organization,


Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), supported by the CDC, have collected nationally representative data on the rate of physical, sexual, and emotional violence experienced before age 18.


We support countries in developing and implementing National Action Plans that respond to VACS. This is achieved through direct technical support; learning and change platforms; landscape analyses, and regional workshops.


Shared knowledge products unveil best practices and positively influence multi-sectoral engagement among stakeholders. Strategic packaging of our materials advocates for investment into National Action Plans and facilitates cross-country learning.