Combating violence against children should be a national priority

PACE has called on member States to make the fight against violence against children a “national priority” and, in this context, has encouraged national parliaments to step up their involvement in the implementation and monitoring of target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*, to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

In this respect, the Council of Europe, which has developed “ground-breaking binding standards” in this area, can provide its support to States in addressing challenges such as the lack of reliable data, and problems in coordinating strategic priorities at national and international levels, the parliamentarians said.

In adopting a resolution, on the basis of the report by Doreen Massey (United Kingdom, SOC), PACE recommended that member States provide high quality services in education, health, social services and child justice, and sufficient allocation of budgets. States should also develop a national action plan on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Finally, the Assembly recommended that the Committee of Ministers keep this issue high up on the agenda of its intergovernmental and monitoring bodies dealing with children’s rights and work together with the UN in accelerating progress worldwide.

*The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes several Goals (SDGs) and associated targets related to children’s rights, which fall within the Council of Europe’s mandate and reflect its standards and principles, including target 16.2.