Putting an end to violence against children.

Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. Child abuse may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.

Much of the violence against children, including physical violence, psychological violence, discrimination, neglect and maltreatment, remains hidden and is often socially approved. Although the consequences may vary according to the nature and severity of the violence inflicted, the short- and long-term repercussions for children are very often grave and damaging. The physical, emotional and psychological scars of violence can have severe implications for a child’s development, health and ability to learn.

Violence against children is a violation of their human rights, a disturbing reality of our societies,” says Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “It can never be justified whether for disciplinary reasons or cultural tradition. No such thing as a ‘reasonable’ level of violence is acceptable.

Also, laws in Ghana and most African countries are usually not respected and heeded to because of traditional values. For example: as much as a child needs to be disciplined when they are in wrong, some parents or guardians exceed disciplining the child by using methods that are rather seen as abuse such as hitting children with harmful objects and using various forms of torture that affect the child physically and mentally.

As an NGO, one of our main priorities is to protect children from such violence and urgent action is needed to make sure that laws involving children rights are enforced in the country as these laws are not respected and enforced to a large extent.

Liams Foundation aims to work towards the implementation of this instrument as a legal obligation for governments and as a core protection tool for children.


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April 2018

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