This resource centre offers access to international, European and national tools and mechanisms that have been developed to respond to various forms of violence against children (VAC), including through prevention, protection of children and support to victims.

Special emphasis is put on integrated strategies following multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder approaches as promoted by Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)10 of the Committee of Ministers on Guidelines on Integrated National Strategies for the Protection of Children from Violence. The “filtering tool” on the present page facilitates the access to specific categories of information to be selected from a list.

“#Ikkegreit” campaign, Norway

Description: Campaign that focuses on abuse and offences among young people. The 2019 edition of the campaign focussed on sharing “nude photos”. Run by ung.no, a public information channel for youth by the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir). Available in Norwegian.

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“A good childhood lasts a lifetime” - plan for combating violence and sexual abuse against children and youth, Norway

Description: The main objective of the plan was to prevent and stop children and adolescents from being exposed to violence and sexual abuse inside or outside their homes. Children and adolescents exposed to violence and abuse must be ensured early and proper help, regardless of where in the...

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“ALUPSE-DIALOGUE” service, Luxembourg

Description: Service for children, adolescents and young people up to 21 who are the victims of any kind of violence or abuse, as well as their families, or professionals with questions about helping or protecting a child. Run by the Luxembourg NGO Alupse. Available in French.

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“Boundary line” website, Belgium

Description: Website for the Flanders region of Belgium, containing information on child abuse for professionals and volunteers working in the youth, sports, education and wellness sectors. An initiative by the Flemish ministers for Welfare, Public Health and Family, Education, Youth and Sport....

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“CAPable children”, Belgium

Description: CAP (Child Assault Prevention) project by the Belgian NGO Garance, which has now been replicated in approximately 20 countries. Available in French, English, Spanish and German.

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“chat ANAR for helping children at risk”, Spain

Description: Anonymous and free of charge resource for helping children at risk to find solutions to their problems – with the help of qualified psychologists Available in Spanish.

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“Childhood without violence” website, Slovak Republic

Description: Educational/awareness-raising website with information targeted at children, parents and those working with children on violence against children, on relevant laws and resources and how to get help. The website constitutes one of the outputs of the Slovak National Strategy for the...

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“Data on childhood” website, Spain

Description: Spanish online website with disaggregated data on vulnerable children Available in Spanish.

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“Delbart?” (“Shareable?”) webpage, Norway

Description: The Norwegian police have their own educational programme for young people aged 13-16. It focuses on topics such as sharing sexually explicit images, videos or content and sexual coercion and extortion. It is called Delbart? (“delbart” means shareable). Delbart? is a new initiative...

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“Detionline” website, Russian Federation

Description: Russian website with information on a telephone hotline for children in the digital environment, support and advice provision, and awareness-raising materials on child online safety. Supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Communication and Mass...

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“Dzimba.lv – for a safe childhood” website, Latvia

Description: Website containing information on a programme developed by the Latvian Ministry of Welfare for children, families and professionals on protecting children from violence. Available in Latvian and Russian.

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“Harassment at school – professionals – getting help” webpage, Belgium

Description: Webpage of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation on available services for the prevention of bullying at school and peer-violence. Available in French.

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“HRABRI telefon” - National telephone hotline number 116 111, Croatia

Description: HRABRI telefon (Brave Phone) is a non-governmental organisation offering a National hotline for children and parents. The National hotline is a free, anonymous telephone line providing counselling services for all children, regardless of the problem they are facing (family violence,...

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“I want to know” website, Sweden

Description: Website by the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, in collaboration with the Children’s Ombudsman, with child-friendly information on the criminal law; the effects of being a victim of crime; where to get help; how to report a crime and what will happen if there...

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“Information and assistance for victims” website, Belgium

Description: Website launched by the Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family in 2017 for the Flanders region of Belgium, to provide support to all victims, including victims of child abuse. Available in Dutch.

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“It does concern me” video, Slovak Republic

Description: Awareness-raising video from the Slovak National coordination Centre for Child Violence (Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs and Family) as part of the national “It does concern me” campaign, launched on the European day on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and...

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“Life without violence for all children in Bulgaria”, Bulgaria

Description: Information campaign by the Bulgarian Council of Children and State Agency for Child Protection on ending violence against children. Available in Bulgarian.

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“Materials for preventing juvenile delinquency” webpage, Finland

Description: Finnish webpage with resources on the prevention of juvenile delinquency, by the Crime Prevention Council (an expert and co-operative body with the Ministry of Justice of Finland) Available in Finnish and Swedish.

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“Month of Prevention of Child Abuse”, Portugal

Description: Annual, month-long campaign in April by the CNPDPCJ which is developed and promoted at local level by local commissions. Available in Portuguese.

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“Municipalities in the face of violence between children and adolescents”, Spain

Description: Guide to action for Municipalities against the different forms of violence between children and adolescents at the municipal level. Guide developed by Child Friendly Cities and UNICEF in Spain. Available in Spanish.

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“Net tip” report form, Finland

Description: Webpage form for non-urgent reports to the Finnish police on any suspicious online material, including violent material. Available in Finnish, English and Swedish.

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“NO Hate Speech on the Internet” campaign, Croatia

Description: National campaign (in 2014 and 2015), pursuant to the online campaign by the Council of Europe titled “No Hate Speech Movement”. The general goal was to inform and raise awareness in the public by proactive activities on the Internet and in the community, particularly amongst...

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“No to Harassment” Day, Monaco

Description: Monagesque 2018 edition of the “no harassment” day, which focussed on cyberviolence. The event took place in all public and private schools and aimed to raise awareness of harassment through ICTs. Available in French.

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“Safe at Home” website

Description: Flanders Family Justice Centre initiative to integrate services involved in tackling intra-familial violence, including the police, carers, and the justice system. Available in Dutch.

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“Schools against sexual violence”, Germany

Description: Initiative by the German Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues which provides information and advice to schools for development of concepts for protection against sexual violence. Available in German.

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“Sexual violence: we can help you” website, Belgium

Description: Belgian website launched in 2016 by the Secretary of State for Equal Opportunity, the Police, and the Institute for Gender Equality, which contains information for victims of sexual violence and their families. Available in French, German and Dutch.

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“SNAKKE” digital platform, Norway

Description: The purpose of this digital tool is so that those who work with children and young people can strengthen their skills in talking to children and adolescents about violence and abuse. The tool consists of a knowledge part and a training part. The knowledge part provides knowledge...

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“The digital world” webpages

Description: Estonian government webpages providing information for parents on the positive and negative aspects of the digital world for children, including risks of exposure to violence. Available in Estonian and Russian.

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“The Safe Internet League” website, Russian Federation

Description: Russian online website for the promotion of online safety. Contains a “parents and teachers” educational section and assists the authorities in tackling harmful online content, including child pornography and materials which encourage violence. Founded by Saint Basil the Great...

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“Violence in relationships” video, Portugal

Description: Portuguese campaign video to raise awareness about violence within romantic relationships, by Projeto ST-e7g. Available in Portuguese.

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“Ya Roditel” website, Russian Federation

Description: Russian online platform which includes, in particular, information on non-violent, positive parenting. Available in Russian.

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“You are not alone” service, Finland

Description: Finnish service launched in 2018 by the President of the Republic of Finland, the Finnish Family Federation and national sports associations. The service provides support, help and advice to young people, adults, parents and carers on sexual abuse and harassment, inappropriate...

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“You decide on internet” website, Spain

Description: Website dedicated to disseminating and raising awareness about protecting children’s personal data, developed by AEPD (Personal Data Protection Supervisor). Available in Spanish.

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Action plan against negative social control, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (2017-2020), Norway

Description: The action plan has 28 measures across five focus areas/sectors: A strengthened legal protection for vulnerable persons, strengthening the help of people who break with family and network, changing attitudes and practices in affected communities, enhancing knowledge of service...

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Action Plan for Online Safety 2018-2019, Ireland

Description: Irish action plan for online safety, including measures to strengthen protection and tackling of violence against children in the digital environment. Available in English.

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Action Plan for the Prevention of Domestic and Gender-based Violence for 2015 – 2018, Czech Republic

Description: Second Action Plan of the Czech Republic on domestic and gender-based violence published in 2015 by the Gender Equality Unit of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Available in English

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Action Plan, Combating Human Trafficking 2015-2019, Belgium

Description: National action plan in Belgium for combating human trafficking in 2015-2019. Available in French.

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Ad hoc public report: Commitments under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocols. The state of fulfilment in Armenia, Armenia

Description: Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia 2018 report on the state of fulfilment of obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Armenia, including ill-treatment and corporal punishment; all forms of violence against children; and child marriage. Available...

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Addendum to the National Action Plan “Combating Human Trafficking 2015-2019”: minor victims of human trafficking, Belgium

Description: Addendum adopted in 2018 to the national action plan on combating human trafficking which focusses on exploited minors. Available in French.

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Addressing Bullying Behaviour in Schools Policy, Malta

Description: National policy adopted in 2014 by the Maltese Ministry of Education and Employment to address bullying in schools. The document focuses on supporting active citizenship and value-based education, bringing together various sectors that make up the education system. Available in English.

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Advisory Body of the National Commission for the Rights of the Child: recommendation to expressly prohibit so-called educational violence - a legal obligation for Belgium, Belgium

Description: 2018 recommendation by the advisory body of the National Commission for the Rights of the child to expressly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings by law. Available in French.

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Alarm phone for children and young people, Norway

Description: The alarm phone for children and adolescents is an emergency telephone for children and adolescents. There are 15 large child welfare guardians in Norway. Experienced adults answer the calls 116 111. Available in Sami, English, French, Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Farsi, Norwegian.

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Annual award "Luka Ritz " for promoting tolerance and school without violence, Croatia

Description: Each year a prize is awarded to one student of elementary school, and another one to a student of secondary education. Available in Croatian.

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Awareness-raising campaign on gender-based violence “Don´t look away” 2018, Spain

Description: Awareness-raising campaign against gender-based violence developed by the Government Office for Gender Violence. Available in Spanish.

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Bulletin on child protection measures in Spain, Spain

Description: It collects data on child protection measures from all the regions annually. Available in Spanish.

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Campaign against violence in relationships, Portugal

Description: Portuguese campaign to mark Valentine’s Day, with the aim of raising awareness of violence within relationships. The campaign was carried out in the framework of the “Escolhas Programme”, a government initiative created in 2001, with the aim of promoting social inclusion of children...

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Charter on the Safety of Children on the Internet, Croatia

Description: In order to create a better and safer digital environment for children and to promote the protection of children and young people three mobile network operators, Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM), the Centre for Missing and Abused Children, and the Safer...

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Child Helpline website, Lithuania

Description: on the website of Child Helpline, children can find useful information on: physical abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, pregnancy, problems at home, parental divorce, human trafficking, suicide and self-harm. The website provides a description of each problem, the...

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Child protection and Finnish hotline Nettivihje: Preventing online child sexual abuse and exploitation, Finland

Description: Factsheet on the Finnish hotline Nettivihje and its 2017 activities (number of reports received and number of online images and videos analysed). Available in English.

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Childhood violence: long-lasting traces? A longitudinal study of revictimization, health, substance abuse and social relations among young people who have experience violence in childhood, Norway

Description: Report on the long-term outcomes for children exposed to violence, published by The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) in 2019. Based on a prevalence study on violence and sexual assault conducted in 2013. Available in Norwegian.

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Children’s Houses, Norway

Description: Children's Houses are a nationwide service established to ensure that children and other particularly vulnerable groups that may have been victims of violence and sexual abuse, and where the matter has been reported to the police, can receive good, coordinated follow-up. Children’s...

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Collaborating against child abuse – Exploring the Nordic Barnahus model

Description: This 2017 book contributes to the evolving research field that has developed in parallel with the implementation of the Nordic Barnahus (“Children’s House”) model. The book gathers information from all Nordic countries and offers an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the...

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Comprehensive plan to combat trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation, 2015-2018, Spain

Description: National action plan which focuses, in particular, on women and girl victims of sexual exploitation. Available in Spanish.

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Coordination Strategy Document for Child Protection Services 2014-2019, Turkey

Description: Document published in January 2014 by UNICEF identifying the child protection system model planned to be developed and implemented in Turkey. It presents 10 main strategic goals, including the prevention aspect, and targets to be reached by 2019. Available in Turkish.

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Cruel, inhuman and degrading: ending corporal punishment in penal systems for children, 2015

Description: This report, published for the 2015 World Congress on Juvenile Justice, held in Geneva in January 2015, identifies the states where children may be lawfully flogged, whipped and caned under secular, religious and/or customary systems of justice. It also identifies the many immediate...

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Detection and Screening Protocol for Child Protection and Welfare Services; Detection and Screening Protocol for Counselling; Operational Guidelines for Child Protection and Welfare Services; Monitoring Guidelines for Authorities

Description: Since 2016 "Detection and Screening Protocol for Child Protection and Welfare Services", “Detection and Screening Protocol for Counselling”, and “Operational Guidelines for Child Protection and Welfare Services” have been mandatory for child protection facilities, for service...

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Ending corporal punishment of children – a handbook for working with religious communities, 2015

Description: This handbook provides links to tools and resources for engaging with and enlisting the support of religious communities and faith-based institutions towards the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children. It recognises the crucial role that religious communities...

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Ending legalised violence against children by 2030: Progress towards prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children in Pathfinder countries, 2018

Description: Prepared for the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit held in Stockholm, Sweden, in February 2018, this report tracks progress towards prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries. Available in English.

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Entitled to care - entitled to intervene, Finland

Description: 2017 Guide from the Finnish Olympic Committee for sports associations to combat sexual violence and gender-based harassment in sports. Available in Finnish.

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Experiences of children and adolescents subjected to violence and assault, Norway

Description: 2018 publication by the Children’s Ombudsman of Norway detailing the results of a consultation on the experiences of children and adolescents who were affected by violence and sexual abuse and their recommendations to service-providers. Available in Norwegian.

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Experiences of children and youth on violence 2013: Results of child victim research, Finland

Description: Finnish 2014 report by the Policy Academy resulting from a survey on children and young people’s experiences as victims of violence. Available in Finnish.

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Federal cooperation concept: “Protection and help in cases of trafficking in and exploitation of children”

Description: 2018 concept of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, ECPAT Germany and the German NGO Network against trafficking in human beings (KOK) for implementing cooperation between the police, youth welfare services, the health sector, foreigner´s office and specialised counselling...

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Fifth and Sixth State Report the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Description: Report of the German Government on the implementation of the UN-CRC, including on tackling all forms of violence against children. Available in German.

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Global report 2018: Progress towards ending corporal punishment of children

Description: Our latest annual global reports tracking progress towards ending corporal punishment of children. It highlights the major achievements of 2018, as well as the areas in need of most urgent attention, and looks forward to 2019. Available in English.

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Government Council for monitoring the implementation of UN Human Rights Mechanisms, Serbia

Description: The Council was set up in 2014 by the Government of the Republic of Serbia in order to monitor, inter alia, the implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recommendations. Available in Serbian and English.

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Guidelines and Handbook on Addressing Peer Violence in Educational institutions, Slovenia

The guidelines were prepared to offer employees in educational institutions better overview on the occurrence of peer violence and a toolkit to respond appropriately bullying and peer violence. Available in Slovenian

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Guidelines for shelters for domestic violence survivors, Norway

Description: The Shelter Act of 2010 states that every municipality is obligated to provide a secure shelter and follow up services for survivors of violence in close relationship (women, men and children). The guidelines specifically address how to care for the children accompanying their...

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Guidelines for the health and care service’s work on domestic violence, Norway

Description: The goal of the digital guidelines is to increase knowledge and thus strengthen the action competence and preparedness of employees in the health and care services. The guide focuses on health and care personnel in primary and secondary health services. Others who may benefit from...

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Help portal sexual abuse

Description: Online help portal; provides information to victims & survivors, their relatives and other persons who want to support them. Includes a nationwide database where assistance & counselling is available. Available in German, English, Turkish, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian.

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Hotline against bulling, Spain

Description: Anonymous, confidential and free of charge telephone service for children and young people in distress concerning bullying, developed by the Ministry of Education. Available in Spanish.

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Human Rights Action Plan for 2018-2020, Georgia

Description: Georgian Human Rights Action plan 2018-2020, with a sub-chapter on violence against children, including the improvement of preventive mechanisms for protecting children; and strengthening rehabilitation mechanisms for child victims of violence. Available in Georgian and English.

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II PENIA National action plan for children and young persons 2013-2016, Spain

Description: Integrated instrument designed to follow the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Spain Available in Spanish.

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Individual country reports on the status of corporal punishment of children in every state

Description: Detailed individual country reports on the legality and prevalence of corporal punishment of children in every state and territory. Available in English and French

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Internet hotline/telephone hotline number 116 000, Croatia

Description: The non-governmental organisation Centre for Missing and Abused Children is the holder of the right to the internet hotline number 116 000 acting to promote, protect, and improve the rights of children, and to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children and youth...

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Kiko and the Hand

Description: The book and TV spot featuring Kiko and the Hand help children understand that their bodies belongs to them, that there are good and bad secrets and good and bad touches. Available in Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, Greek,...

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Measures to combat violence in the family and in intimate relations; National Action Plan, Denmark

Description: National action plan published in 2014 by the Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs of Denmark, which focusses, in particular, on children as witnesses to intra-familial violence. Available in English.

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Measures to fill the gaps in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Switzerland

Description: 2018 report of the Swiss Federal Council in response to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommendations to Switzerland, including on tackling all forms of violence against children. Available in French, German and Italian.

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Monitoring Board for Children’s Rights, Austria

Description : National body comprised of experts for implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including strategic approaches to tackling violence against children. The Monitoring Board was set up by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and youth (now the Federal Ministry...

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Monitoring Methodology Guidelines for Child Care Centres and Child Care Homes – Abuse of Children and Young Adults

Description: These guidelines set the rules and framework for reporting and monitoring processes, providing the foundations for universal monitoring requirements, for the conduct of monitoring visits, for the cooperation with providers, and for the enhancement of monitoring and communication...

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National Action Plan against Violence 2019 – 2022, Iceland

Description: The action plan was adopted in the form of a parliamentary resolution by Althingi (the Icelandic Parliament) in June 2019. Among the proposals is the establishment and maintenance of education about violence and responses to it among those who work with children and young people in...

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National action plan for promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people: Multiannual plan, Luxembourg

Description: National action plan adopted 2018 for the protection of LGBTI people, including children. Contains measures for inclusive and fair education; and to fight against discrimination, hate crime and hate speech. Available in French.

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National Action Plan for Safety Promotion among Children and Youth – Target and Action Plan 2018-2025: Part I, Finland

Description: Finnish working paper published in 2018, which includes measures on, inter alia, physical and psychological violence against a child for educational purposes Available in Finnish

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National Action Plan for the Implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child for the period up to 2021, Ukraine

Description: Ukrainian national action plan for the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers in May 2018. The action plan includes measures target violence against children. Available in Ukrainian

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National Action Plan on Child Protection 2019-2022, Iceland

Description: The action plan was adopted in the form of a parliamentary resolution by Althingi (the Icelandic Parliament) in June 2019. The scope of the action plan is broad, but it includes, inter alia, measures to strengthen early intervention and services where physical and psychological...

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National Action plan to prevent and combat rape (2019-2022), Norway

Description: A new action plan against rape was presented in March 2019. The action plan is intended to help ensure that measures are properly embedded, comprehensive, and coordinated in an area where many sectors have some responsibilities. The action plan targets both male and female victims of...

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National action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation, Wales (United Kingdom)

Description: Welsh (United Kingdom) action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation, published in 2016. Available in English and Welsh.

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National Children’s Policy, Malta

Description: National Children’s Policy by the Maltese Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity, published in 2017. Includes measures to prevent and tackle various forms of violence against children. Available in English.

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National Comparative Survey on Media Habits of Children and Their Parents and Safety of Children on the Internet, Croatia

Description: The overall objective of the research by HR Kids Online was to gain a better insight into the children's habits when using the Internet and modern technologies, to examine the frequency and forms of exposure of children to disturbing content and violence, and to examine the...

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National network TOM – helpline for children and adolescents, Slovenia

National helpline and web page with information and educational materials about childhood, including all forms of violence. Available in Slovenian

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National Plan for the Suppression of Trafficking in Human Begins for the period from 2018 to 2021, Croatia

Description: Croatian national action plan for combating trafficking in human beings with particular measures related to child trafficking. Available in Croatian.

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National Programme for Prevention of Violence and Abuse of Children 2017-2020, Bulgaria

Description: Bulgaria’s National Programme for the Prevention of Violence and Child Abuse sets the national policy framework for violence against children through a mechanism for coordination and communication between government bodies, civil society representatives and the non-governmental...