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The Innocenti Digests act as 'road maps' on emerging issues, and provide a succinct and comprehensive review of best practices on specific issues in developing countries and industrial nations alike. Informed by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, each Digest adopts an interdisciplinary approach that includes health and nutrition, education and legal protection.
While the Digests seek to outline the gravity of any given issue, they are ultimately solution-oriented: they examine the strategies that can be applied to policy, programming and advocacy work, and identify areas for further research. In this way, they serve as a working tool for policy makers, practitioners and academic institutions.
The Innocenti Research Centre sees the Digests as important elements in its capacity-building efforts. This role is ensured by the involvement of leading international experts, as well as staff from selected UNICEF Country Offices, at an expert consultation prior to the drafting of each issue. Their early participation guarantees that every Digest represents the cutting-edge of current thinking.
Children and Violence
The second Innocenti Digest explores violence by and to children, using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its framework. The focus is on interpersonal violence, both intrafamilial and extrafamilial. Sexual abuse and exploitation are included in the discussion.
Les enfants employés en tant que domestiques constituent sans doute le groupe le plus important de toutes les catégories d'enfants au travail dans le monde. Pourtant, ce n'est que tout récemment que les milieux qui luttent contre le travail des enfants ont commencé à consacrer à ce phénomène toute l'attention qu'il mérite.
Broadly accepted international instruments specify the conditions under which intercountry adoption should be undertaken if the rights and best interests of the children concerned are to be protected and fully respected. The Digest identifies abuses of intercountry adoption as well as the measures required to combat such violations and to uphold 'best practice' in this sphere.
The third Innocenti Digest deals with the main issues connected with children and young people coming into conflict with the law and contact with the justice system. It looks at standards and problems from arrest through to the court hearing and sentencing, use of custodial measures and ways of avoiding the child’s unnecessary and counter-productive involvement with the formal justice system. It also covers prevention questions.