We have reviewed national legislation and policies related to ending violence against children in 20 countries. What emerged is a picture that resembles an Impressionist painting: whole from afar, but made of disjointed dashes when looked upon closer. Legal bans do not yet cover all forms of violence. Ambitious declarations are not followed by resources to implement them. Fragmented initiatives are not enough to support victims, or more importantly, to ensure prevention. There are so many children affected by violence worldwide every year, yet too few of them consulted and involved in creating a world that is safer for everyone.
As a global community, we all must do more to address the gaps this report identifies.