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Webinar on ending violence against children

Many WCC member churches and partner organizations have indicated that they either have experience in promoting meaningful participation of children/adolescents or would appreciate support in this area of the Churches' Commitments to Children. The webinar will include information on upcoming opportunities for churches. It also aims to foster a network of churches engaged in special efforts to give children/adolescents a space and voice in churches and in society at large.
Webinar on ending violence against children

Children from the Jeremic Adventist Academy, Nairobi, participate in the commemoration of the Day of the African Child 2017.©WCC/Albin Hillert

Event details


29 - 29 May 2018 29 May 2018



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Webinars are an occasion to meet "virtually", online (through the link provided below) to study an issue of joint interest. Webinars also allow participants from different parts of the world to exchange experiences and views and to develop new initiatives, taking existing expertise and tools into account.

For further information on the webinars and registration please contact Ms Frederique Seidel, WCC special advisor on children's rights, by e-mail.

Churches contributing to ending violence against children in society at large (Commitment 1b)

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From your computer or mobile: please use the meeting link Download the Fuze app ahead of time for the best experience. Detailed download instructions are available at:

You can also join through international phone numbers: Enter the meeting ID 36843786 followed by the # key

If you are joining from a video-conferencing room or system please dial:, Cisco devices:

For those who may not familiar with webinars we will be happy to facilitate a trial of the videolink half an hour before the webinar starts.

You are not sure what time it will be for you at 3pm Central European Time ? The following site helps to find your time:


Welcome & Introduction

Frederique Seidel, WCC

Caterina Tino, UNICEF

Youth participation for the prevention of child abuse

Testimonial from a Faith-Based Organization

Jennifer Ruppelt

Juventud para Christo, Uruguay

Questions & Answers

Confidential & concrete support for children victims of violence

Child Helpline International – collaboration with church communites?

Richard Ombono, Senior Programme Manager Ronja Ulvfot, Project Coordinator

Child Helpline International

Questions & Answers

Using Christian theologies to end corporal punishment

Testimonial from a WCC member church in Canada

The Reverend Dr. Valerie Michaelson

Anglican Church Canada

Faculty of Public Health Sciences

School of Religion

Queen’s University ,Canada

Questions & Answers

Churches helping to change norms and values

The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and the INSPIRE strategy

Sabine Rakotomalala

Secretariat of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children

Questions & Answers

Advocacy & child protection through church communities

Campaign: “It takes faith to end violence against children”

Amanda Rives, External Engagement, Child Protection & Participation

World Vision

Questions & Answers


Caterina Tino, UNICEF

Conclusions & Next steps

Frederique Seidel, WCC


Webinars on other aspects of the "Churches' Commitments to Children" are planned for the following (tentative) dates at 3pm CET:

Tuesday 12 June: Ensuring a child-safe church environment (Commitment 1a)

Tuesday 18 September: Inter-generational climate justice - churches supporting initiatives for and with children and  adolescents (Commitment 3)

If  you would like to share your experience with other churches in one of these upcoming webinars we will be grateful if you let us know. Many thanks to all those who are contributing to webinars for WCC member churches and partner