Child abuse data

This is shocking

Every five minutes a child dies from violence. Every day, in every country, children are abused, beaten, raped and more. Too often, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts. They may even work for an organisation that’s meant to help children. A sports club, school, faith institution, aid organisation or peacekeeping force. But these people abuse their power and the child’s trust.

The time to act is now

That is why, if your organisation works or for children, means listening to children and transforming the entire mission of your organisation to put their rights, safety and dignity at the heart of every decision. So make sure your organisation is doing all it can to keep children safe: complete our free online self-assessment today.

Abuse can happen anywhere

  • In conflicts and crises across the world, humanitarian staff and peacekeeping personal have subjected children to rape, trafficking, violence and abuse, demanding sex for the basics of survival – food, shelter, education and medicine
  • In sport, children have been subjected to all forms of abuse and violence including undue pressure to achieve high performance, sexual harassment and assaults, to child labour and trafficking
  • In schools, hundreds of millions of children are harassed and abused with girls being particularly at risk
  • In alternative care, children have faced systematic rape and sexual abuse; exploitation, including trafficking; physical violence; and psychological harm including isolation, the denial of affection and humiliating discipline

Look at the numbers

Video: Every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence. Here,18 child survivors of violence are addressing world leaders with one moving letter to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of them, championed by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham.

Data source: UNICEF.

  • A child dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence and abuse
  • Almost 200 million children have been victims of sexual abuse
  • Disabled children are between three or four times more likely to be subjected to violence and neglect
  • An estimated 246 million children are harassed and abused on the way to, or at, school

That’s why Keeping Children Safe sets tough International Child Safeguarding Standards – to ensure all organisations working with or for children, keep them safe from exploitation and abuse.

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