INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children
INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children is an evidence-based technical package to support countries in their efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children aged 0-17 years.
The package includes the core document describing what the INSPIRE strategies and interventions are; an implementation handbook that provides details on how to implement the interventions, and a set of indicators to measure the uptake of INSPIRE and its impact on levels of violence against children. The strategies will advance efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal target 16.2 to end all forms of violence against children. They are based on the best available evidence of what works, and include:
1. Implementation and enforcement of laws: such as those limiting access by young people to firearms and other weapons and those criminalizing
the violent punishment of children by parents;
2. Norms and values: by changing beliefs and behaviours around gender roles;
3. Safe environments: by targeting violent “hotspots” and enhancing the built environment, for example, by improving housing;
4. Parent and caregiver support: such as the provision of training in parenting;
5. Income and economic strengthening: including microfinance combined with training around gender norms;
6. Response and support services: such as treatment programmes for juvenile offenders;
7. Education and life skills: for example, establishing a safe school environment and improving children’s life and social skills.
The INSPIRE Working Group is co-led by WHO and the Care and Protection of Children Learning Network. Its role is to provide leadership in the implementation of INSPIRE-related interventions; harmonize the work of members to achieve collective impact; identify emerging implementation support opportunities, and generate, collect and share new evidence on what works to address violence against children. Members include representatives from UN agencies; bilateral agencies; international professional associations; NGOs; governments; philanthropic foundations and academia.