Developing Countries: Children

Department for International Development written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Labour, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has she made of the economic effect of violence against children.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

DFID is committed to protecting vulnerable children around the world and helping them to grow up free from violence.

Violence has long lasting impacts on children’s health, their capacity to learn, and their economic prospects in later life. Violence against children is also proven to have a negative impact on the economy. One estimate models the annual costs of physical, sexual and psychological violence against children to be up to 8 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product, which equates to approximately US$7 trillion.

The economic effect of violence against children is one of the reasons why DFID is the leading supporter of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

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