States have the duty to take appropriate measures to effectively protect children from all forms of violence. As we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations General Assembly adopts a new practical instrument to assist States in giving full effect to the provisions of article 19 of the Convention. Its focus is on the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. This article introduces the new instrument, describes some of its main features and relates them to many of the difficult challenges a society faces in preventing violence against children. Yvon Dandurand, Centre’s Associate and Faculty Member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, authored this journal.
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