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Violence Against Children

Violence against children includes all forms of violence against people under 18 years old. For infants and younger children, violence mainly involves child maltreatment (i.e. physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect) at the hands of parents and other authority figures. Boys and girls are at equal risk of physical and emotional abuse and neglect, and girls are at greater risk of sexual abuse. As children reach adolescence, peer violence and intimate partner violence, in addition to child maltreatment, become highly prevalent.
Violence against children can be prevented. Preventing and responding to violence against children requires that efforts systematically address risk and protective factors at all four interrelated levels of risk (individual, relationship, community, society).

 

300 million

Are regularly subjected to violent discipline by their caregivers.

10%

Of the world's children are not legally protected from corporal punishment.

1 in 3

Students aged 13–15 experience bullying worldwide.

 

Violence Against Children in Morocco

According to UNICEF, under Moroccan law, all children have the same rights, without any discrimination. However, there is discrimination based on the matrimonial situation of the parents at the moment of the child’s birth. In practice, children born out of wedlock, abandoned children, children with disabilities, and migrant children are frequently confronted with different forms of discrimination. Several norms, customs, and practices justify and perpetuate discrimination and violence towards girls, such as forced and early marriage. 


The best interests of the child must be the most important consideration in all measures taken with regard to the child by public or private institutions, tribunals, or administrative authorities. However, this right is not sufficiently respected in the home, at school, in the tribunals, and in other institutions that work with or for children. 

 
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Forms of Violence Against Children

 
  • Physical violence

  • Sexual violence

  • Psychological violence

  • Neglect

 

Toolkits

 

Violence Against Children: A Toolkit for Child Protection

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