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Many Millenium Development Goals (MDG) targets will not be met by 2015. The evidence presented in this report clearly shows that the widespread abuse of children's rights to care and protection is in part responsible for hindering progress against the MDGs. These rights include a recognition of the central importance of family-based care for child wellbeing, and children's right to be free from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. This report presents some policy recommendations to achieve the MDGs.
The factsheet addresses the issue of families that: families are diverse; abuse and violations can occur within families; and many children grow up or spend part of their children outside of a family unit. Key actions for governments and civil society are suggested. Statements of international commitments presented at the Convention on the Rights of the Child and ICPD, Cairo 1994 are also provided. The fact sheet can be used as advocacy tools for anyone working in the area of young people's sexual and reproductive health.