The various Council of Europe bodies and intergovernmental committees have developed a wealth of standards, tools and resources to assist member states in creating and implementing responses against violence against children.  

The European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee on Social Rights have also produced a wealth of case law relating to different forms of violence against children.

Find out more about the Council of Europe’s work on tackling violence against children:

Sexual violence

The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse – Lanzarote Convention

Violence in the digital environment

  • Legal standards: Conventions

Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe, the Budapest Convention

  • Resolutions, declarations, recommendations and guidelines

Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on Guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment

Resolution 2144 (2017) Ending cyberdiscrimination and online hate

Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to protect children against harmful content and behaviour and to promote their active participation in the new information and communications environment, adopted on 8 July 2009

Declaration of the Committee of Ministers on protecting the dignity, security and privacy of children on the Internet, 2008

Intra-family violence


Corporal punishment


Bullying and violence in schools




Violence against children in vulnerable situations



Migrant children

European Court of Human Rights: 

European Committee on Social Rights:

Decision on the merits: European Committee for Home-Based Priority Action for the Child and the Family (EUROCEF) v. France, complaint No. 114/2015

Violence on discrimination grounds

Violence in correctional centers and in detention

Factsheet on unaccompanied migrant minors in detention, published by the European Court of Human Rights

  • Resolutions, declarations, recommendations and guidelines

PACE Resolution 2159 (2017) Protecting refugee women and girls from gender-based violence

PACE Resolution 2128 (2016) on Violence against migrants

  • Conferences and other activities

International Conference on Smuggling of Migrants, Council of Europe

Council of Europe Disability Strategy 2017-2023. Chapter on violence

Study on freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse of persons with disabilities (2017)

Danish chairmanship priority on prevention against violence and abuse of children with disabilities

SRSG for Roma Issues, Seminar: Violence against women and children. Early, child or forced marriage, human trafficking and domestic violence

  • Publications

Equal opportunities for all children: non-discrimination of LGBTI children and young people

Children in care

Children with disabilities

Children in /  at risk of poverty