Violence against children


Study on drivers and determinants of violence against children
Supported by: UNICEF Serbia
Partners: UNICEF Serbia

October 2015 - December 2016

Topics: Human security, Youth and children.
Programmes: Research.

The Government of Serbia has initiated the development of a new National strategy and Action plan for the protection of children from violence in the next period. Creating a new strategic document needs to be supported by experts' knowledge and their recommendations. For that purpose, SeConS has been preparing comprehensive study on drivers and determinants of violence against children. The study is based on research which combines critical literature review and mapping interventions that have been implemented to prevent and protect children from violence in Serbia. The objectives of the research are twofold:

• To provide comprehensive insights in drivers and determinants of various forms of violence against children;

• To systematically map interventions that have been implemented to address the problems of violence against children, in order to provide recommendations for improvement of the existing, as well as establishing additional mechanisms for the protection of children from violence.

The analysis includes various forms of violence against children: physical, psychological/emotional and sexual violence, negligence, exploitation, child marriages and exposure to different risks of structural violence. Research team works under the mentoring support of international consultants from University of Zurich, and it has been supported by the technical experts group consisting of professionals from academia, institutions and practical work in the field of violence against children.

This participative approach - also known as Research to Policy and Practice Process – R3P - combines study on drivers and determinants of violence against children with existing policies and institutional mechanisms, with aim to map best practices, identify weaknesses of the prevention and protection system and improve existing mechanisms for children protection. In accordance with that approach, numerous stakeholders at local and national level have been involved in findings validation and they took part in a consultation process on recommendations for further improvement of prevention and protection system.