CRC selected recommendations from March 2015:

  1. The undertaking of awareness-raising programmes and campaigns specifcally targeted at children to eliminate all forms of discrimination and abuse;
  2. The implementation of policies to ensure that no refugee chid is deported with parents or guardians if the former have suffered violence and abuse under their case. The adoption of practices that provide the refugee-child’s best interests;
  3. The adaptation of the domestic laws in line with the Convention and the ratifed Protocols, and the understanding that the Convention is supreme once the provisions of domestic laws confict with the Convention.
Political will and coordination Ensuring children’s rights is a key priority for the Government of Sweden. The State Secretary to the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality of Sweden is the appointed focal point for End Violence. In 2017, a multi-stakeholder coordination platform to end VAC was established with government authorities, NGOs, academia, the private sector and faith-based communities.
Consultation The Child Welfare Delegation and the multi-stakeholder coordination platform to end VAC serve as structures for the consultation, collaboration, coordination and monitoring of key government measures to end VAC in all settings.
Data collection Various agencies and authorities, such as the national knowledge centre on VAC, the Children’s Welfare Foundation, the Ombudsman for Children and the National Board of Health and Welfare, conduct research and share knowledge on the issue of VAC. For example, the Government has granted funding to the Children’s Welfare Foundation to carry out the Violence against Children 2016 Swedish National Survey to deepen its understanding of children’s experiences of corporal punishment, sexual violence, psychological violence, neglect, domestic violence and bullying.
National road map/action plan In June 2016, the Government adopted an updated action plan for 2016–2018 to protect children from human traffcking, exploitation and sexual abuse. The action plan contains 23 measures aimed at preventing abuse, protecting and supporting children, and creating the conditions to effectively prosecute the perpetrators of such abuse. In November 2016, the Government adopted a 10-year strategy to prevent and combat men’s violence against women. The strategy calls for greater protection of and support for children who have witnessed or experienced violence; improved capacity to combat honour-related violence and oppression; and an evaluation of the 2014 legislative amendments on forced and child marriage.
Implementation and evaluation The measures outlined in the action plan and strategy are aligned with the seven INSPIRE strategies. Some of the key initiatives to prevent and respond to VAC include the following: (I) as the frst country in the world to ban corporal punishment in the home, also adopt legislation to protect children from other forms of violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation, female genital mutilation and child marriage (an important step in further strengthening legislative protection of children’s rights is the ongoing initiative to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law); (N) increase children’s knowledge about where to seek help and support through materials on social services designed by the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Ombudsman for Children, produced in collaboration with children themselves (available at www.kollpasoc.se); (R) build the capacity of key professionals and sectors, such as social workers, the health care sector and the judicial system (the Government has also appointed a national coordinator to improve support services for children and young people, working in coordination with municipalities); and (E) improve student’s ability to identify and prevent violence, and take effective measures to address it (the Government has amended the degree descriptions in the Higher Education Ordinance to include instruction on violence against women and domestic violence in education and training for relevant professional groups). The Government continuously monitors the action plan to protect children from human traffcking, exploitation and sexual abuse, and the strategy to prevent and combat men’s violence against women.
Budget The approximate annual cost of the Action Plan to Protect Children from Human Traffcking, Exploitation and Sexual Abuse 2016–2018 is SEK 11 million. The Government has commissioned various agencies to strengthen research and knowledge sharing on VAC to inform policy and programming (e.g., research on children’s experiences and parents’ attitudes towards corporal punishment, children’s exposure to sexual exploitation on the Internet, children with disabilities’ risk of exposure to violence, and a knowledge centre for issues concerning unaccompanied children).
Opportunities
  1. Raise awareness of VAC and inform baseline assessments, using existing data compiled through recent studies;
  2. Review the progress made against existing action plans and other government measures to end VAC, and develop a road map to end the violence beyond 2018 through a participatory process using existing multi-stakeholder platforms;
  3. Continue work to review sex education and investigate relationships in schools as a preventive measure to combat violence; and
  4. Continue to lead the way, as the frst pathfnding country prohibiting the corporal punishment of children in all settings, and support countries in their efforts to end this practice and to establish comprehensive prevention and responses to VAC, including strengthening the child protection system.
References
Reporting into SDGs Sweden reported to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017.
Government contact Pernilla Baralt, State Secretary to the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.