Welcome to our Resources!

Here you can find a series of resources specific to youth and religious leaders, as well as other useful tools about child rights and how to address the issue of violence against children.

Resources for Youth

Children and young people are a major part of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. The following resources are provided especially to help youth and children plan and organize World Day events. Join the global movement for children with your friends! 

What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children. In this treaty, children are defined as persons up to 18 years of age. It establishes in international law that States Parties must ensure that all children—without discrimination in any form—benefit from special protection measures and assistance; have access to services such as education and health care; can develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential; grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding; and are informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner. (UNICEF) 

Resources for Religious Leaders

The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children provides a series of Spiritual and Religious Resources from various faith traditions. Please click on to one of the headings below to learn what we can offer to enrich your World Day of Prayer and Action for Children celebration on 20 November (or year round). 

If you would like contribute to one of these sections based on your own reflections please contact us.

Short Theological Presentation

Reflection of world religious tradition in relation to violence against children.

Prayers, Devotions, Litanies, Liturgies and Invocations

Contribute to a religious or interreligious celebration of the Day of Prayer and Action. 

Video Clips

See how the Day of Prayer and Action is celebrated around the world. 

Take Action

Working together, governments, secular and faith-based organizations can have a greater impact than organizations working alone, to stop violence against children. 

Advocacy on Violence Against Children

Quotations on Children

Learn what leaders from different traditions have to say about children. 


ABCs on Action
and Advocacy

Religious Texts on
Human Dignity

Downloadable Resources

Resources to help stop violence against children. 

Ending Corporal Punishment of Children

This handbook aims to provide a useful tool and reference for all those engaging with and within religious communities and faith-based institutions and organizations to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment of children. The handbook is based on the premise that the major world religions value and respect the human dignity of every person including children.

A Handbook on Good Parenting

This handbook aims to provide principles and methods that can help readers to be good parents today. Many people approach parenthood in an "impulsive manner," which means that we do not think ahead of the principles, methods or values that we will be guided as parents. This handbook takes a stance that anyone can become a better parent if approached the task "more thoughtfully and with clarity about our principles and methods."

The Campaign for the Universal Ratification of the Optional Protocols

25 May 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the two Optional Protocols to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children, namely the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict. A two-year global campaign for universal ratification was launched with the participation of the UN Secretary-General.

Initiatives to Abolish Corporal Punishment of Children:

The new global progress report for 2010 entitled Ending Legalized Violence against Children was published jointly by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children and Save the Children Sweden. This documents substantial progress and active campaigns in all regions towards the prohibition of corporal punishment of children in the context of the follow-up to the UN Secretary General's Study on Violence against Children.
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