SRSG on violence against children: Annual report 2015, para. 19
Younger children are at high risk of violence, especially when they are placed in residential care. They are heavily dependent on caregivers for their development and well-being, and when neglected, injured or abused, they have less ability to speak up and seek support. If they are surrounded by violence and stress, they can suffer long-lasting emotional trauma and harm to their health, including irreversible damage to brain development.
Non-negotiated soft law
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children