CRC selected recommendations from March 2015:

  1. The implementation of stronger preventive measures to ensure the appearance of campaigns, state initiatives and road maps;
  2. The creation of assistance programmes for street children with the purpose of educating, reconciling and reintegrating these victims within the society;
  3. The establishment of child-friendly complaint mechanisms in educational establishments, health centres, juvenile detention centres and any other child-usable setting
Political will and coordination Mexico took an important step forward in the realization of children’s rights in 2014 by approving the General Law on the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents. The law enshrines the rights and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in national legislation and established the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children – a policy coordination mechanism operating at different levels of government – and Child Protection Authorities, which are mandated to develop childcare and restitution plans in cases of violence and other child rights violations. Subsequently, in December 2016, to institutionalize the development and implementation of the NAP, an Intersectoral Commission on Violence was created within the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children’s existing framework. The Commission’s work is organized through seven subgroups that respond to each of the INSPIRE strategies. The Government adopted the Central American Regional Roadmap on Violence against Children in 2011, which includes a commitment to prohibit all corporal punishment of children.
Consultation The process to develop the NAP took six months and was highly participatory. It involved 31 institutions of the federal government, 24 CSOs, 3 autonomous bodies, the chambers of the National Congress, academia, WHO and UNICEF. Children and adolescents were also consulted through participatory methodologies.
Data collection Over the last few years, Mexico has significantly increased its understanding of VAC – especially on corporal punishment, physical and sexual violence suffered by adolescents, violence in schools and homicides, and perceptions of violence – through several data collection exercises, including four censuses, four administrative records and six national surveys. In addition, a mapping exercise of the interventions currently implemented by the Government, CSOs and other actors was carried out through a desk review and questionnaire designed by UNICEF Mexico. This exercise was well received as it allowed the organizations to present their areas of expertise.
National road map/action plan The Mexico National Action Plan to End and Respond to Violence Against Girls, Boys and Adolescents was launched in August 2017, linked to the implementation of the General Law of the Rights of Children and Adolescents of December 2014. The NAP includes 31 concrete actions articulated around the seven INSPIRE strategies and cross-cutting activities, which define the goals to be reached by the end of 2018 (when this administration will end) and the accountable institutions. The first phase of implementation focuses on strengthening current Government interventions. The second phase aims to reinforce implementation and coordination in three Federal Entities of Mexico through pilot projects: Baja California Sur, Guerrero and Tamaulipas. The subnational governments will receive technical support. The third and last phase will provide the opportunity to further define actions until 2030.
Implementation and evaluation Key initiatives to end VAC in Mexico include the following interventions within the INSPIRE strategies: (I) legalize the prohibition of corporal punishment; (N) establish a national media campaign; (R) strengthen Child Protection Authorities and other protection mechanisms, as well as detection mechanisms (e.g., the 911 helpline and hospitals); and (S) expand ongoing life skills and violence prevention programmes in schools. Cross-cutting actions include strengthening data to fill gaps, particularly in terms of determining the prevalence of violence in the age span of 0 to 18 years.
Budget The National Action Plan was launched on 2 August 2017 by the ex-Minister of Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong. A range of sectors, among them media, civil society, academia, local governments and private-sector organizations, made commitments to implement the NAP through specific contributions.
  1. Ensure the strong mobilization of civil society in the pilot states (Tamaulipas, Guerrero, Baja California Sur) and undertake a VACS in each to strengthen future programme evaluations;
  2. Develop a transition strategy to ensure upcoming candidates from all parties seriously commit to preventing VAC;
  3. Develop a financing strategy that involves the private sector; and 
  4. Enact bills currently under discussion in the parliament that aim to prohibit all corporal punishment of children, and ensure prohibition is appropriately resourced and implemented, including through awareness-raising campaigns and training on positive discipline for parents and professionals.
Reporting into SDGs Jamaica will report to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2018 (July).
Government contact Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Minister of Interior and Ricardo Bucio Mujica, Executive Secretary of the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents