How does violence affect children?
The tragic consequences of violence affect all aspects of a child’s life and can be passed down from one generation to the next. Violence against children also carries serious emotional and financial costs to all societies in every region of the world.
Latest Unicef data shows staggering levels of violence against children. Every year nearly a billion children worldwide are regularly subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers. And approximately one in 10 girls under the age of 20, or 120 million girls worldwide, have experienced sexual violence.
Our report, Children in Danger, reveals that physical, sexual and emotional abuse is widespread, with millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities.
Read our report on violence against childrenDownload
Raise your voice to end violence against children
You might have seen our powerful new film, featuring Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, which highlights the urgent need to end violence against children.
David’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, but millions of children bear marks of physical, emotional or sexual abuse that they have not chosen.
We’re asking you to watch and share David’s film using the #ENDviolence hashtag to show your support.
Unicef’s global partnership to end violence against children
In September 2015 world leaders adopted new Global Goals which set out the world’s priorities for the next 15 years. For the first time ever, these goals included a target to end violence against children.
In the UK we are asking the UK Government to do more to keep children safe from all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse both at home and overseas. As a founding partner of a new global partnership to end violence against children, the UK Government is working together with countries and other partners from around the world to keep every child safe from violence.
What can I do to help?
There are still many children who are victims of violence. You can sign up to our campaigns network to hear our latest campaign updates and use your voice to help children in danger.
Right now, children are being forced to take dangerous journeys to Europe, leaving them exposed to violence, exploitation and abuse. Some of these children seeking refuge find themselves alone, as they try to reach the safety of their family in the UK.
We’re working to call on the UK Government to keep unaccompanied refugee children safe.