Children and young people

Violence harassment and bullying can occur at home, online, at school, work, or in the broader community. It is often the extreme cases of violence that are newsworthy. However, there is strong evidence that the daily occurrence of what might seem like minor cases of violence, harassment and bullying have a significant negative impact on children and young people.[1]

Violence, harasment and bullying are unacceptable in any context and violate a range of human rights.[2]

Whilst some violence is perpetrated by strangers and is isolated and unexpected, most violence against children and young people is carried out by someone who they know well and should be able to trust. This includes parents, schoolmates and employers.[3]

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[1] UNGA, UN Secretary General’s Study on violence against children, Main Findings (2006). At http://www.unicef.org/violencestudy/mainfindings.html (viewed 25 February 2011).
[2] Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment no. 13- Article 19: The right of the child to freedom form all forms of violence,UN Doc CRC/C/GC/13 (2011) para 12.
[3] Ibid