CM/Cong(2011)Rec272 final 12 April 2011
“Preventing violence against children”
Recommendation 272 (2010) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
(Reply adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 6 April 2011
at the 1111th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
1. The Committee of Ministers has studied Congress Recommendation 272 (2009) on “Preventing violence against children” with interest and brought it to the attention of the member states and the various competent committees for information and possible comments.1
2. The Committee of Ministers welcomes the Congress’ pledge to continue to contribute to the work of the programme “Building Europe for and with children” and to participate in the Platform on Children’s Rights. It also welcomes the Congress’ commitment to the two main goals of the Council of Europe’s initiatives in this field, namely supporting the implementation of international standards in the field of children’s rights, stressing the responsibility of the authorities at the local, regional and national levels, and introducing a child rights perspective in all policies and activities of member states and supporting this approach at the local and regional levels.
3. In November 2009, the Committee of Ministers adopted Council of Europe Guidelines on integrated national strategies for the protection of children from violence (Recommendation CM/Rec(2009)10) and, in 2010, Guidelines on child-friendly justice. These two instruments are important tools for member states when elaborating and implementing policies on children’s rights.
4. The Committee of Ministers is presently reviewing a progress report relating to the programme “Building a Europe for and with children”. In the course of 2011, preparations will start on a strategy covering the years 2012-2015. The Congress will be associated to this work through the Platform on Children’s Rights. The Committee of Ministers also draws the Congress’ attention to the launching in 2010 of the Council of Europe “One in Five” Campaign to stop sexual violence against children. It invites the Congress to promote this campaign among local and regional authorities.
5. In paragraph 9 of its recommendation, the Congress asks the Committee of Ministers to invite member states to take a certain number of measures to prevent violence against children. The Committee of Ministers notes that the proposals made are useful and important; it therefore invites member states to take note of them, as appropriate, when developing their national policies.
6. The Committee of Ministers would finally like to draw the Congress’ attention to the Revised European Social Charter and, in particular, to its provisions on the right of children to protection against neglect, violence and exploitation as well as to the important decisions taken by the European Committee of Social Rights in relation to these provisions. In this respect, the Committee of Ministers wishes to underline the value of the collective complaints procedure in protecting children's rights.
1 The Ad hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CAHVIO) and the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) for information; the European Committee on Social Rights (CEDS) for information and possible comments.