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date: 18 April 2021

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Violence knows no geographic, cultural, or social borders. Around the world millions of children of all ages continue to be exposed to appalling levels of violence, in their neighborhoods, in their schools, in institutions aimed at their care and protection, as well as within the home. Children’s rights law, most notably the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), provides a legal mandate to address all forms of violence against children. This chapter reviews the various forms of violence against children, their impact on child well-being, and the children’s rights law mandate to prevent it. It then discusses the global policy agenda for confronting violence against children and the challenges that must be overcome to achieve progress toward a world free of violence against children.

Keywords: violence against children, children’s rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, trauma, policy, Sustainable Development Goals

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