Ending abuse and neglect through universal parenting support
A policy call on universal parenting support jointly developed by UNICEF, WHO, and the SRSG/VAC was launched as part of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children Solutions Summit, on 30th November 2021.
The event – Universal parenting support to prevent abuse and neglect: A policy call for national governments – was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Jamaica and Japan to the UN along with UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSG/VAC).
The policy call launched at the event advocates for universal access to a minimum package of evidence-based parenting programmes designed to prevent abuse and neglect. It marks the first time in the history of the United Nations a population level preventative call on abuse and neglect has been made.
Recent research has shown that evidence-based parenting programmes are a scalable and cost-effective way to support parents and caregivers and prevent abuse, neglect, and adversity in childhood.