Protecting Children Affected by Armed Violence in the Community

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This publication addresses the complex phenomena of armed violence (not armed conflict which is different) and presents strategies to protect children in context of armed violence in the community. It makes visible that is fundamental to place children at the center of any policy and measure to address safety and security related issues in a way to build safe, friendly and sustainable communities.

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Protecting children from armed violence in the community

Responses to young people associated with violent acts often emphasize punitive, repressive and militarized approaches. Aggressive and repressive policing puts both state forces and civilians at risk, as well as further stimulating the cycle of violence locally, increasing the “acceptable” norm for violent behaviour within society. The increasing use of militarized policing in the context of armed violence has been associated with growing unrest and death. Militarized policing and tactics such the implementation of “mandatory civil services for children” compromise the protection of children’s rights.

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