Policy areas of focus

Which policies will be examined?

Doctor and boy

Six policy areas for indepth investigation have been selected in conjunction with DG Justice after consulting with several key European and international organisations including Council of Europe, EuroChild, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO.

  1. Content analysis of existing national strategies addressing violence against children - investigation led by Lorraine Radford, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

    An in-depth look at existing national plans/strategies addressing violence against children to assess what is and is not covered by existing documents. The investigation will use the children’s rights framework and examine key areas of children's rights as they relate to violence against children (what is planned for primary prevention, protection, bringing justice, overcoming harm, participation) and implementation (legal framework, system response, resources, provision, capacity, coordination, cross sector working responsibilities).
  2. Data sources for violence against children – investigation led by Marc Nectoux, Pystel (FR).

    An in-depth exploration of existing routinely collected administrative data and periodic surveys in the area of violence against children, including suicide as a potential outcome of abuse.
  3. Reporting and follow-up of violence against children – investigation lead by Maria Roth, Department of Social Work, Babes Bolyai Univerity (RO).

    An in-depth exploration of reporting mechanisms for violence against children and the processes for follow-up of reported cases in MS.
  4. Evidence-based violence against children prevention efforts related to building resilience in children and positive parenting - investigation led by Katharina Purtscher-Penz, Mental Health Hospital Sigmund Freud (AT).

    An in-depth exploration of evidence-based national level interventions: home visitation programmes (both population-based and targeted programmes), early childhood development programmes and family support programmes (parenting programmes, etc.).
  5. National Child Death Review Committees to inform policy and practice related to violence against children - investigation led by Josep M Suelves, Catalonia Department of Public Health (ES)

    An in-depth investigation of national child death review committees with a focus on identifying the benefits of reviews for improving policy and practice related to violence against children.
  6. Child focused awareness activities on violence against children - investigation led by Robertas Povilaitis, Child Line Lithuania (LI).

    An in-depth investigation of national awareness raising activities related to violence against children.
Teacher and students

In addition, each of the six policy areas listed above will include questions to assess:

  • Child participation - were children consulted on policy/programme development and implementation? If yes, how?
  • Child poverty/inequalities - was the issue of child poverty/inequalities considered during policy/programme development and implementation, are efforts monitored with respect to inequalities?
European Commission

Co-funded by the DAPHNE Programme of the European Union