INSPIRE handbook : action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children
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INSPIRE handbook : action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children

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      In 2016, 10 global agencies collaborated to produce INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children, the first-ever global technical package for preventing and responding to violence against children. The INSPIRE package is anchored by the recognition in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that all children have the right to be free from all forms of violence, and sets out evidence that clearly shows that preventing violence against children is critical to ensuring sound neurological development, enhancing early childhood development, interrupting the intergenerational cycle of violence, reducing crime, and laying the foundations for lifelong health, well-being and productivity.

      The INSPIRE technical package reinforces the protections guaranteed in the CRC, which oblige States Parties to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and education measures to prevent violence against children, and to protect them from violence while in the care of parents, legal guardians or other caregivers. Furthermore, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes Target 16.2 to end all forms of violence against children. Decision-makers and practitioners in social services, health, justice and education sectors have stepped up efforts to intensify evidence-based prevention and response strategies, governments and civil society organizations are increasingly committed to working together to achieve the target, and there is a growing public consensus that violence against children will no longer be tolerated.

      As noted in the preface of the INSPIRE technical package, violence against children can

      be prevented if the global community acts now, acts wisely and acts together. The preface also acknowledged that the INSPIRE technical package was focused on what countries can do, and promised a follow-up resource containing information on how to implement the package contents.

      This follow-up resource – INSPIRE Handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children (hereafter referred to as the INSPIRE Handbook) – is now in your hands, and it explains in detail how to choose and implement interventions that will fit your needs and context. Following an overview, the seven strategy-specific chapters address the Implementation and enforcement of laws; Norms and values; Safe environments; Parent and caregiver support; Income and economic strengthening; Response and support services; and Education and life skills. The handbook concludes with a summary of INSPIRE’s implementation and impact indicators, drawn from the companion INSPIRE Indicator guidance and results framework.

      This handbook provides everyone committed to ending violence against children with the best possible information on how to implement INSPIRE. The more we work together to implement the interventions described within it, and to measure the effectiveness of new interventions, the greater the number of children that will enjoy lives free from violence. We urge all of you to implement as many of the interventions as resources will allow, and to do so without delay. Let us act now, act wisely and act together.

      Suggested citation. INSPIRE Handbook: action for implementing the seven strategies for ending violence against children. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018.

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