How can violence against children be controlled?

A person raises a placard during demonstration for violence against children

In a recent stat released by the World Health Organization (WHO), about one billion children are exposed to violence in the homes, schools, and other places that are thought to be safe. This violence tends to damage the children’s learning and behavioral patterns while at the same time exposing their health to risks.

Children that suffer violence from a very tender age tend to carry the experiences across their lifespan if proper care and management strategies are not employed. Violence is preventable and its aftermath can be managed as well. Most violent people have been said to have a track record of being violated at some points in their lives. This calls for proper management and elaborate attention as the future of millions of children are constantly at risk of being violated. 

Another major thing on the radar is gender-based violence. This is a major obstacle as this has affected the access many girls have to basic education in certain parts of the world and has also, in turn, led to sexual violence that looks to be gradually spreading in this contemporary period.

The rate of violence has increased in recent times even as the population of the world increases, however, as earlier stated, violence is preventable and certain levels of skills and strategies have to be employed to ensure this process.

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Strategies to properly prevent and respond to violence against children

1. Supporting parents, caregivers, and families

To ensure that the violence within the homes is put into proper checks, proper education should be given to the families and caregivers. This method increases the likelihood of proper disciplining methods.

2. Assisting children and adolescents manage the risks and challenges

A crucial means of checking children violence is to give the children proper enlightenment on coping strategies when faced with violence. These coping strategies should include seeking appropriate support for elder ones instead of trying to return violence with violence. This will help to drastically check violence in the schools and communities.

3. Changing trends in social norms that encourage violence and discrimination

Some set of social norms, activities, and attitudes tend to favor violence amidst children. This includes child hawking, early marriage, child slavery, and so on. To ensure that the pattern of violence against children is properly checked, these activities and norms have to change. It is very crucial as these activities form the basis of violence against children in schools and communities at large.

4. Promoting and providing support services for children

Encouraging students to report cases of violence and providing them with quality professional support will help them to better cope with and resolve experiences of violence and abuse. Intentionally upholding this scheme will to a great extent scare off violators and also give the children more confidence and pride.

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5. Carrying out data collection and research

To know the level of violence that has pervaded the schools and community, proper research has to be carried out. Information like where it occurs, how it happens, which age group is involved and which communities are affected should be collected. This will lead to proper planning and designation of intervention strategies.

6. Implementing laws and policies that protect children

Setting laws and policies is also vital in combating violence against children. It ensures the proper awareness of crimes and also sends warning signals to potential violators stating the punishments that await any violation of laws. The government has the power to set these laws and enforce them. This strategy sends a strong message to society and ensures that order is highly maintained amongst individuals.

To bring this article to a close, it is noteworthy that children can be subjected to abuse, neglect, violence, harassment, and exploitation anywhere and at any point in time. This situation can then be greatly helped when the parents and teachers ensure to always have their eyes on the children and see that they don’t stray out and stray into their presence as they like. Parents should spend a good time with children while they are not in school. This will make the children free to share, with parents, their experience in school, home, and other places so that a possible case of impending violence should be stopped or avoided. Proper surveillance and thorough supervision offered by the children’s parents and teachers will go a very long way in minimizing the occurrence of violence as it relates to children.

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