Increased violence and homicides against Colombian children


On International Children’s Rights Day, the Ombudsman reiterated his call to protect the rights of children and adolescents. The public entity also mentioned that in nine months of 2022, 469 homicides were registered, which reflects a 10% increase in the figures for violence against children in Colombia.

“When commemorating the International Day for the Rights of the Child, the Ombudsman reiterates the call to the State, society and families to generate all the necessary conditions that guarantee and protect the rights of children and adolescents. Even more so this year, when we are seeing a 24 percent increase in acts of violence against them and 10 percent more homicides,” said the Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo.

The rights of children and adolescents in Colombia are frequently violated or threatened, because they are victims of all kinds of violence. According to the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, as of September 2022, 27,347 non-fatal injuries against children and adolescents due to intrafamily and interpersonal violence and alleged sexual crimes were registered, that is, 24 percent more than in the same period. of 2021.

In addition, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, ICBF, has dealt with 42,406 Administrative Processes for the Restoration of Active Rights associated with violence against children and adolescents, sexual violence being the main reason for admission, with 20,703 active processes.

“The country is going through a situation of generalized violence against children and adolescents. Scenarios such as school, sports environments and their own home cannot become unsafe places for them. In nine months of the year 2022, 469 homicides were registered, which indicates an alarming 10 percent increase in acts against children and adolescents compared to the previous year,” explained the Ombudsman.

According to what has been mentioned, “this reality is increasing in a worrying way and for this reason I urge the authorities that are part of the Family Welfare System to adopt actions to work on its prevention, strengthen protective environments and encourage the development of skills in caregivers to detect problems in a timely manner and avoid situations of violation of the rights of children and adolescents”, added Carlos Camargo.


For the Ombudsman’s Office, the commemoration of the International Day for the Rights of the Child is an opportunity to raise awareness about the situation of children and adolescents in the country, as well as to promote and disseminate their rights.

And it is a date that serves as a bridge to continue contributing to the promotion of rights, as the Delegate Ombudsman for Children, Youth and Old Age is doing this year through a symbolic act in Ciudad Bolívar, in Bogotá, where will leave a mural that symbolizes the rights of children and in the midst of activities and workshops with children in the area.

“I am convinced that joint work is essential to continue contributing to the construction of solutions to the problems that affect the rights of children. From the Ombudsman’s Office we continue working on the promotion, dissemination and protection of the rights of children and adolescents throughout the national territory”, concluded Carlos Camargo.

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From November 21 to 25, the importance of treating children well is exalted, an opportunity to motivate social awareness regarding the care and protection of minors.

Good treatment is part of the guarantee of the fundamental rights of boys and girls, to be recognized as actors in society, to receive love and protection from the family and the community, to enjoy a respectful coexistence.

That is why, from the Ministry of Health, it extends the invitation to all institutional and governmental entities to link up and promote social mobilization actions during the week between November 21 and 25 around Good Treatment for children .

“It is important that we all participate in the activities that are being carried out in commemoration of this week, highlighting the right of minors to receive good care, especially in the health sector, the right to have a home, a family, to receive affection and affection” expressed César Alberto Polanía Silva, Secretary of Departmental Health.

One of the objectives of this week is to generate spaces for reflection, which make it possible to recognize and prevent situations of violence in the family context, sexual violence, the use of physical punishment and humiliating treatment against girls, boys, adolescents and different vulnerable populations.


According to the World Health Organization – WHO, this violence against children is defined as the “wrong physical and/or emotional treatment, sexual abuse, abandonment and neglect of children, as well as their commercial or other type of exploitation” .

According to the figures of Legal Medicine, as of the month of September 2022 in Neiva, the figures are as follows: 28 cases of violence against children and adolescents, presenting two more cases than the immediately previous year where they presented 26 cases.

In cases of violence against children, the violence that occurs in intra-family environments predominates, which is of concern, taking into account that it should be the safest environment for the little ones.

Likewise, it should be noted that the lowest age range of violence against minors is that between 0 and 4 years, however, the cases in the age range of 0 to 11 years increase considerably.

Increased violence and homicides against Colombian children