World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Children in European and Institutions Vulnerable

Children in European and Central Asian Residential Institutions Vulnerable to Abuse - UN

New York, Jun 1 2005 5:00PM

The estimated 1 million children who go from broken homes to residential institutions in Europe and Central Asia are “desperately vulnerable” to violence that is only rarely reported, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report.

“Children in residential institutions – from children’s homes to detention centres – are desperately vulnerable. They are vulnerable because they are separated from society in a ‘closed’ environment. And the more closed that environment is, the greater the risk of violence and the smaller the chance that it will be reported,” UNICEF’s Maria Calivis said.

“We have to remember that things have already gone badly wrong for the children who end up in institutions. They are already scarred by family troubles and that only increases their vulnerability,” she added.

The report, prepared for the 5 to 7 July regional Consultation on Violence against Children to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will be included in the Secretary General Kofi Annan’s “Study on Violence against Children,” due out next year, but it shows glaring gaps in data collection, UNICEF says.

The exact number of children in such institutions is not known and has been conservatively estimated at 1 million, it says.

“There is a serious and fundamental knowledge gap on the numbers, which makes the issue ‘invisible’ and undermines the chance of an effective response,” Ms. Calivis said.

The ministers at the July Consultation should take measures to ensure that putting children into an institution is a measure of last resort and that violence against children is banned in all settings. Staff working with children should be screened, trained and paid appropriately, while the children should have and know of effective channels of complaints, UNICEF says.

The ministerial meeting should also “set in motion the region-wide gathering of consistent, comparable and disaggregated data on children in institutions,” it says.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC