Workshop to strengthen intersectoral working on the prevention of child maltreatment in the Nordic–Baltic subregion

18–19 June 2018, Vilnius, Lithuania

WHO/Europe is pleased to announce a joint strategic workshop to strengthen intersectoral working on the prevention of child maltreatment in the Nordic–Baltic subregion.

The 2-day workshop aims to support Member States within the subregion in improving national action to promote collaborative work between health services, educational settings, family and social services and the judicial system. The meeting is being cohosted with the Government of Lithuania and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Lithuania has shown great commitment in the field of violence prevention, and in 2017 banned corporal punishment in all settings. Violence prevention has been identified as one of the priorities for collaboration between WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health of Lithuania. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target 16.2 calls for ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children, and target 5.2 aims to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls.

The workshop aims to encourage intersectoral practices between health, education and welfare, and to strengthen institutional capacity through expert guidance to end violence against children. This will further improve the foundation for such collaboration across the subregion, where all countries are committed to ending violence against children. Countries have also taken part in the 2017 survey to evaluate progress in implementing “Investing in children: the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020”. These results will be written up as the “European status report on preventing violence against children” to be presented at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. This workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss this report and to galvanize action to stop violence against children.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • debate the role of the health, welfare, education and justice sectors in an intersectoral response to preventing violence against children in the Lithuanian context and in other Baltic and Nordic countries;
  • highlight the burden of child maltreatment, risk factors such as alcohol, poverty and social exclusion, and the cost-benefits of investing in children and the life-course approach;
  • discuss the latest examples of good practice on the prevention of maltreatment and violence in childhood from the WHO European Region with a focus on the Nordic and Baltic countries;
  • receive results of the “European status report on preventing violence against children” and debate how policy and programming may be improved to tackle this leading cause of childhood burden;
  • encourage the development of networks to strengthen child violence prevention in the Nordic–Baltic subregion.

The course will be delivered in English.

Target audience

This course is targeted at national experts involved in policy-making, government lawyers working in public health and frontline workers from health, welfare and education who act to stop child maltreatment.

Registration

Participation is restricted to national experts by invitation only.