The guide is intended to:

  • Provide a general overview of the nature and scope of violence against children that can be used for
    informational and educational purposes;
  • Highlight the positive roles that religious communities can and do play in advocating for and contributing to the protection of children from violence;
  • Stress the benefits of inter-religious coordination and collaboration in promoting children’s rights; and
  • Guide discussion, planning and action around child protection issues within religious communities and in larger social settings.

The guide is divided into eight sections. Following this Introduction, section two provides topical background to the subject. Sections three and four provide brief overviews of violence against children and children’s rights. Section five discusses children, religion and spirituality. Section six addresses the role of religious communities in addressing violence against children and section seven – the importance of engagement with key stakeholders. Section eight provides the conclusion to the guide

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