Why and how do we end violence against children?
Over the last 60 years, World Vision has been developing and adapting a unique community engagement model.
Our model enables us to address the root causes of problems that steal childhoods. We engage and work with everyone who has a responsibility to protect children, starting with families and faith communities and extending to teachers, schools, local and traditional leaders, hospitals, police, government agencies, and courts.
Informed by the global INSPIRE strategies from WHO and other organisations, World Vision ensures that solutions to violence are developed in partnership with everyone involved. Our interventions focus on improving laws and accountability, increasing social services and support, catalysing behaviour and attitude change, and strengthening child resilience.
How our campaign works
Our global campaign, It takes a world to end violence against children, focuses on four main ways we can work with partners, governments, and the general public to end violence.
We work with people and governments around the world to change attitudes, raise awareness and drive action to end violence against children. In order to achieve our goal, we collaborate with strong global coalitions that can help keep ending violence against children high on leaders’ agendas across the world.
We're committed to promoting proven solutions to ending violence against children, such as the INSPIRE package. Our aim is for more countries to adopt and scale up evidence-based solutions to end violence so that we can see tangible changes in the lives of children. Our own experience shows that strong child protection systems, cross-sector policy solutions, and increased investments are key to ending violence against children.
We are campaigning for governments and donors to increase their funding for ending violence against children, and to refocus their existing budgets. The first step is counting what is spent in this area – something that has not happened before. Our research shows that money spent on ending violence against children is very low. Knowing what governments do and don’t spend allows us to advocate and mobilise partners, governments, and financial institutions to spend more on proven solutions to ending violence against children.
We are holding governments and other actors accountable for the promises they’ve already made to end violence against children, through agreements like the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the WHO Action Plan on strengthening the role of the health sector in ending violence. We’re asking governments to report on their progress achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goals, and highlighting the voices of children at global, regional, and national events.
Seven things World Vision has learned
- It can be done: ending violence against children is possible
- It takes a world: key actors must be engaged and participating
- There is no magic wand: ending violence requires a combination of different approaches
- Context is key: when our approaches reflect the local culture, norms and infrastructure, they work
- Big picture, little picture: solutions require direct interventions and longer-term system strengthening
- It takes children: boys and girls play a significant role, as active agents of change
- Scaling up: do more of what works, in more places
Samples of success so far
Mobilising Canadians for girls' education
Ahead of the G7 Summit in June 2018, World Vision Canada worked with other leading Canadian development and humanitarian agencies to place the education of girls in crises and conflict on the agenda. At the summit, G7 leaders signed the Charlevoix Declaration, targeted at ensuring forcibly displaced girls and girls in hosting communities have access to education.
Partnering to protect children in South Asia and Pacific
In early 2018, World Vision’s South Asia and Pacific offices and international law firm Baker McKenzie launched a pro bono partnership to produce a series of six legal guides that will empower local communities and social workers to end violence against children. The first guide was published in March 2019 and addresses the rights, remedies and protection available to victims of child trafficking.
Kids off Nauru
World Vision Australia launched a campaign, #KidsOffNauru in August 2018 to give faces and voices to children who were victims of Australian politicians’ cruel offshore detention policy. More than 430 organisations and 170,000 individuals joined under the #KidsOffNauru banner. By Universal Children’s Day, November 20, 2018, only about 15 children remained. By February 2019, all children off Nauru and a Medevac Bill to enable doctor-led transfer of ill adult refugees out of offshore detention passed into law.