COUNCIL OF EUROPE: Promoting Action to Combat Violence Against Children

Read a write-up of the debate's outcome here.

Summary: The conference is inspired by the recommendations contained in the 2006 UN Study on Violence against children and aims to promote the development and implementation of integrated national strategies on the rights of the child and elimination of violence against children; support the prohibition of all forms of violence, including within the family/home; and encourage better collection, analysis and dissemination of national data on violence against children.

Child victims of sexual or physical abuse, discrimination, neglect or basic schoolyard bullying reflect a dysfunctional society. The Council of Europe has invited representatives of international organisations, governments and independent experts to move from scattered action to combat specific forms of violence towards a strategy addressing the phenomenon of violence in all its complexity. To support this process, the Council of Europe has reviewed national policies, legislation and practice in its member States and issued detailed guidelines on integrated national strategies to protect children from violence.


The conference speakers will include Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Commissioner and Rapporteur on the Rights of Children, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organisation of American States.


Practical information:


  • The conference is open to the press
  • For journalist accreditation, please contact Dr. Markus Wolf, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy Family and Youth: +43 /17 11 00 32 80 or [email protected]
  • Journalists may request interviews with Council of Europe participants via press officer Panos Kakaviatos [email protected].







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