General Comment No. 13

GC13: The Right of the Child to Freedom from all Forms of Violence

In 2009, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) commissioned the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) to draft General Comment No. 13 (GC13). GC13 addresses Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention) to further guide States Parties in understanding their extensive obligations to prevent and respond to all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation of children, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child. The Committee issued General Comment No. 13 in 2011.

General Comment No. 13 builds on the existing guidance provided by the Committee in its review of States Parties