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Child Protection

UNICEF uses the term ‘child protection’ to refer to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children, including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labour and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage. Violations of the child’s right to protection take place in every country and are massive, under-recognized and under-reported barriers to child survival and development, in addition to being human rights violations. Children subjected to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect are at risk of death, poor physical and mental health, HIV/AIDS infection, educational problems, displacement, homelessness, vagrancy and poor parenting skills later in life. UNICEF IRC contributes with its studies to analyze the situation and to influence policy makers, institutions and other duty bearers to take appropriate actions for a significant change in the lives of the children of the world.

Projects 2016-2017

Child rights governance
Child rights in the digital age
Family and parenting support
Violence affecting children
Archived projects


Children's Rights in the Digital Age
Family and parenting support: policies, practice and outcomes
Multi Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children: Italy, Peru, Vietnam and Zimbabwe


Determinants, Social Norms, and Violence
ICTs & Children
What Does the Evidence Say about the Impact of Social Transfers on Child Protection Outcomes


Adoption and alternative care
Implementation of CRC at the local level: Child Friendly Cities
Independent human rights institutions for children
Sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the Internet and other information and communication technologies
Social norms, harmful practices and behavioural change
Study on child trafficking in the Nordic countries


Child injury
Child trafficking (Palermo Protocol)
Children and transitional justice
Climate change and children
Harmful practices and social norms
Other international standards for children
Research on sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism


Research on child trafficking
UN Study on Violence against Children


Research on child trafficking
The new plague: HIV/AIDS, development and child welfare


Towards a New Agenda for Children in the Southern Mediterranean Countries


Children of minorities
Monitoring in the CEE/CIS and Baltics: the MONEE project


Children of minorities