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Survey of Children from Developing Countries Reveals that One in Two Children are not Safe in Their Own Homes

Almost half of young children in developing countries say that they believe that children are not safe in their own homes. The findings are part of a just-released survey sponsored by the ChildFund Alliance of nearly 6,000 children ages 10 to 12 in 44 countries around the world commissioned by ChildFund International, the U.S. member of the Alliance. According to the sixth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey – conducted through one-on-one interviews in the field – 46 percent of children in developing nations say they believe that children are most at risk of being harmed at home, the second-highest survey response behind “walking in places alone” (55%). (Children could select more than one answer.) 

“Governments around the world have collectively committed to protecting children against violence through the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted last September, and the results of this survey illuminate how children see the dangers that confront their generation,” said Anne Lynam Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International. “While many children are exposed to various forms of despicable violence – forced hazardous labor, sexual trafficking and abductions, among them – we also know that their safety is regularly threatened in places they should feel the most secure: at home and in school. These findings serve as a pointed reminder of the extent of the commitment we must make to keep children safe.”

“This annual survey reminds us of the honesty and clarity in how children see the world around them,” Goddard said. “These truths often point to the areas that most need our attention. As in years past, the children who participated in this survey are those whose voices are rarely heard and whose opinions are rarely sought,” Goddard said. “Not only do these results provide a forum for some of the world’s most vulnerable children to tell us collectively what they see, but their insights also give us important direction for how we should shape our efforts to best serve them.”