Violence against Children in Africa

Africa continues to face numerous child protection challenges. The continent has some of the highest rates of violence against children in the world. For instance:

  • Every second a child reaches out to child helpline services to report abuse and violence
  • Over 60 per cent of children experience physical punishment from family members and caregivers in many countries in Africa, one in four children, experience sexual violence
  • Each year three million girls are at risk of genital cutting in Africa, the practice is almost universal in some countries 15 million girls are married every year, with 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa married before their 18th birthday
  • Four out of ten boys in residential care institutions suffer physical violence, while two in ten experience sexual violence of one or another form.
  • Violent and other cruel and degrading punishment of children has been documented in care settings and in penal institutions in many countries
  • Child trafficking is increasing: Sub-Saharan Africa reports the highest share of child trafficking in the world, and girls and boys are more or less equally detected.


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ACPF Documentaries on Violence Against Children




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Regional Conference| Ending VAC in All Care Settings
| Nairobi | June 21-22 , 2017

The African Child Policy Forum in partnership with the Better Care Network organised the first regional event that brought together organisations working on VAC and those working on care during a two-day regional conference held in Nairobi, 21-22 June 2017, under the theme: “Ending VAC in All Care Settings”.

Declaration | Report


Launch of the African Partnership to End VAC
| Addis Ababa | Sep 2016