Ensuring Integrated Child Protection – The Experience of Brazil’s Vitória da Conquista in Implementing the Law on Protective Hearing

May 24, 2024

A series of three documents was jointly developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) focused on the implementation of Brazil’s Law on Protective Hearing (13.431/2017), which regulates and organizes the system for guaranteeing the rights of children and adolescents who are victims or witnesses of violence, and creates mechanisms to prevent and curb violence. The policy briefs seek to demonstrate that an exemplary implementation of the law can be achieved, provided conditions such as political will and alliances with key stakeholders at different government levels are met.

The first document in the series offers a contextualized overview of the creation and approval of Law 13.431/2017 in Brazil, identifying the main milestones and legislation that preceded it globally and in the Brazilian context. It also presents the experience of Vitória da Conquista, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, in implementing the law, including the path taken, the challenges faced, and the solutions identified by the municipality.

Presented in the format of a policy brief, second document in the series describes aspects of the initiatives taken by Vitória da Conquista, which has registered important advances in the implementation of the Law on Protective Hearing.

The third document offers a step-by-step guide, presenting the different stages for implementing this law based on the experience of Vitória da Conquista, and is designed for public policy professionals dedicated to the protection of children and adolescents.

Finally, videos available in EnglishSpanishFrench and Portuguese deal with complementary topics about the implementation of Law 13,431/2017 in the municipality of Vitória da Conquista.