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Violence against children is not just another mere news item. It is a major public health problem. As in other countries that have a similar level of socio-economic development1, 10% of children in France are victims of physical violence, sexual abuse, serious negligence, neglect, humiliation, etc.
Contrary to other children’s health issues, such as domestic accidents, sudden infant death syndrome, etc., that are of prime concern and have been the focus of vigorous policies, in France, violence against children has not to this day been the subject of any major prevention policies.
Despite the law proposed in 2007 to amend child protection rights, a number of problems regarding this issue still remain. A report from the Cours des Comptes (the French national audit office), published in October 2009, revealed significant geographical disparities and a lack of detailed assessment.
These reports in particular have led the French Senator André Vallini, supported by a scientific committee directed by the paediatrician, epidemiologist and Research Director at Inserm, Anne Tursz, to organise a conference aimed at raising general awareness on this issue and also establishing concrete measures, which will be proposed to public authorities.
Violence against children will be the the subject of a national conference that will be held on Friday 14 June 2013 at the Senate
Under the distinguished patronage of Mr. Jean‐Pierre Bel, President of the Senate, under the honorary chairperson and in the presence of Mrs. Valérie Trierweiler, with an introduction by André Syrota, the Chairman and CEO at Inserm.
If you wish to know more information, please contact Anne Tursz.