CHILDREN SAID

True family should, from the our earliest period, teach us how to love and respect.

Jovana, 16 year old

I have the right to be protected and no one can abuse me.

Milan, 6 years old

I have the right to live and play, and it must be heard by everyone.

Jelena, 9 years old

Happy is the Child with the family who love, advice and support them.

Marina, 15 year old

I have the right and obligation to go to school

Marko, 10 years old

On the International Day of Children - Victims of Violence, in Banja Luka were presented the first integrated data - Report on Violence against Children in the Republic of Srpska.

The Report is the result of applying the Protocol on the procedure in the case of violence, abuse or neglect of Children, which was, on the recommendation of the Ombudsman for Children, signed by relevant ministries - the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Srpska on 20th November 2012.

The Report indicates the number of children who were registered as victims of various forms of violence, their age, gender, the types of violence they are exposed to, and the measures which were taken in their protection. The Report showed  that there are 650 children - victims of violence registered, (amongst them 66 children under 4 years of age), that children are the victims of various forms of violence, usually emotional (33.7%) and a physical (21.8%) and that the both boys and girls are equally exposed to violence. Minister of Family, Youth and Sports, Ms. Nada Tešanović emphasized that the data indicate that the relevant institutions have to have more serious approach to the problem.

The report may not be written for its own sake. It has to be the basis for strengthening those parts of the system to which it points, and it requires a complete analysis of all the data from the report, especially in the part related to the timely and adequate responses of the relevant services, in accordance with mandatory standards of their work, which are defined by the Protocol.

The function of the Protocol and Report is to strengthen the system of protection of children from various forms of violence, abuse and neglect and strengthening the responsibility of the relevant services in a sense of timely and adequate reaction to the child protection in all cases where a child is exposed to violent behavior from anyone.