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Seen, but Not Heard

1 January, 2009


The restoration of justice and security is a priority of post-conflict peacebuilding, but children and youth – two groups especially impacted by armed conflict – are rarely considered in this process. This book provides a framework through which security provision can be made more relevant to the concerns of young people, and to reflecting their needs and aspirations. Engaging children and youth constructively in the peacebuilding process has far-reaching implications for successfully establishing long-term stability. The publication explores the role and responsibility of the security sector in the protection of children, stressing the close link between public security, human rights, and social development. A special focus is placed on the central role that civil society has to play. The publication concludes with policy recommendations aimed at assisting decision-makers in integrating the security concerns and aspirations of children into programmatic responses.


David Nosworthy