YouthEngage.com is about meaningful participation and sustained involvement of young people in activities that help create a world free of abuse and violence. YouthEngage.com can bring benefits to young people, adults, organisations and communities as they achieve positive changes in different areas – personal development, level of security, social change, etc.
Concept & Definitions
YouthEngage.com is about meaningful participation of young people in creating a better world. Once young people once have the tools to prevent abuse and violence, they can become active prevention actors.
Who are “young adults”?
The United Nations defines young adults as between the age of 20 and 24
Who are “youth”?
The United Nations defines youth as between the ages of 15 and 24
Who are “teenagers”?
The United Nations defines teenagers as between the age of 13 and 19
Who are “children”?
The United Nations defines children under the age of 14
The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines children under the age of 18
What is violence?
“All forms of physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse” – Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
What is child abuse?
Any kind of harm done to children, including through neglect, physical, sexual or mental violence by someone who is responsible for them, or has power over them, that they should be able to trust.
Child abuse is any form of violence against children when it is done by someone who is responsible for them, or has power over them, that they should be able to trust.
What is prevention?
It is the most effective way to protect children from abuse. It contributes to create a culture of non-violence. It is about setting up guidelines and learned behavior, which create obstacles to perpetrators. Prevention should be implemented through social and general policies involving the families, schools and professionals. “While there is no doubt about the need to assist victims [of abuse and violence] and to guarantee their safety, priority should always be given to preventive measures.”
Prevention, a broad discipline
Its basic goal is to create an environment that challenges social norms tolerating abuse and violence, and enhances the capacity of all of us to build safer homes, schools, workplaces and communities for our children and young people.