Why is PIECES important?

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  • Violence against children is recognised throughout Europe and globally as a serious human rights, legal and social justice issue.
  • The consequences of violence against children can be significant and severe. For example, child maltreatment can affect a child’s physical and mental health in the acute stages and potentially impacting their ability to participate and function in society in the long term.
  • Children who are maltreated are at increased risk of either becoming victims of, or perpetrating, multiple types of violence, such as bullying, community youth violence, intimate partner violence and suicide, and severe cases of child maltreatment may also lead to death.
  • Evidence-based good practices exist but are not implemented in all countries and thus there are gaps to be addressed and exchange of good practice that can occur between countries.
  • The project will augment DG SANCO funded work currently underway with more than 30 Member States, that is examining which Member States have key policies in place. The in-depth investigations and comparison and contrast across Member States of the six policy areas selected will help identify common issues, gaps, details regarding existing good practices and contribute to priority setting for research and monitoring both nationally and at the EU level.
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Who will benefit?

  • The project targets national and European governments and agencies who assess, set policy and invest in the prevention of violence against and by children as well as researchers in the field of child maltreatment, with the aim of ultimately preventing violence against all children in the EU with a focus on the most vulnerable children.
  • The project should assist DG Justice in its coordination role of ensuring protection and promotion of the rights of the child, one of the objectives of the EU (based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, 2009).
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Co-funded by the DAPHNE Programme of the European Union