Preventing and responding to violence against children in and around school is a multi sectoral effort in which the health sector plays a vital role in safeguarding children. Schools provide a unique setting for violence prevention initiatives, yet, an estimated 246 million girls and boys globally continue to experience some form of violence in and around schools. With the global pandemic, many existing violence prevention initiatives within schools and School Health Services (SHS) were disrupted and as children begin to return to school, there needs to be an integrated effort to build safer learning environments where all girls and boys can learn and thrive.
Furthermore, schools in emergency settings experience additional challenges in providing safe learning environments and school-based health services for young girls and boys. With this in mind, Safe to Learn, WHO and the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies have organized the “Linking Health and Education to Prevent/Respond to Violence Against Children” webinar, with the objective to further understand the role of the health sector in preventing violence against children and promote dialogue and knowledge sharing between the education and health sector.