[South Eastern Europe] Data gaps on children in residential care leave the most vulnerable unaccounted for – UNICEF

01 Jun 2017
Unicef Press Centre

UNICEF recently reported that at least 2.7 million children around the world reside in institutional care. Statistical figures relating to child abuse and neglect have been released, however, wide and considerable discrepancies in information regarding these issues are prevalent around the world.

Such residential care and facilities host various forms of abuse and violence, which in turn generates long-term problematic occurrences for these children, and further increases the likelihood of cognitive, emotional, and social impairment, according to the article, which refers to the claims of Cornelius Williams, Associate Director of Child Protection at UNICEF

Approximations made by UNICEF had indicated that in over 140 nations, Central and Eastern European states possessed 666 children per 100,000 living in residential care, which is a figure five-fold of the international average, which is 120 children per 100,000. Following this rate, are those of East Asia and the Pacific region, which possesses the second and third largest rates in the world, with 192 and 153 children per 100,000. 

Through these findings, it is evidently clear that many nations possess faulty figures on the number of children situated in alternative care. Throughout many countries, imperative documentation produce a mere snippet view of the accurate number of children living in residential care, while children residing in privately owned facilities are excluded from these important figures.

Governments must be held more accountable and must furthermore be a reliable source for such information in order to fluently understand the severity of such issues. 

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