In May of 2018, Peru became a pathfinding country. Ever since, the country has issued a number of regulations that combat child abuse, using political will to change societal standards around violence. Organisations in Peru are also being supported by the End Violence Fund, including CHS Alternative, Save the Children Peru, and jointly, ICMEC and Child Helpline International.


Peru approves the National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents (PNAIA 2012-2021).


Defensoría Municipal del Niño y del Adolescente, (Public Defender Office for Children and Adolescents at the Municipal Level) launches the Municipal Plan of Action to strengthen the services of municipal public defense offices. Peru conducts a National Survey of Social Relations: ENARES, which includes children's thoughts on violence against them. The budget for "Timely Attention to Children in a State of Abandonment" is also approved, which later creates a rapid response system for children who have been abandoned by their legal caregivers.


Peru is included as one of four countries worldwide to participate in the Multi-national Study on the Drivers of Violence Against Children.


Peru conducts the second National Survey of Social Relations: ENARES, followed by the adoption of Law No. 30403, which bans physical and humiliating punishment of children.


Support is provided to over 10,000 children affected by an earthquake through the Smiles Program. Law No. 1297, Protection of Children Without or At-Risk of Losing Parental Care, is approved. By this time, Defensoría Municipal del Niño y del Adolescente coverage reaches 95 percent of districts.


Peru becomes a pathfinding country and approves Law No. 30466, which establishes procedural parameters and guarantees for the primary consideration of the best interests of the child. The regulatory frameworks are also approved for Law No. 1297, which defines an intervention to protect children at risk of family abandonment, and Law No. 30403, which prohibits the use of physical and humiliating punishment against children and adolescents.


The regulatory framework for Defensoría Municipal del Niño y del Adolescente (DS 005-2019) is approved. Peru implements the Ponte en #ModoNiñez strategy, which aims to promote safe public spaces, along with the implementation of the National Social Relations Survey: ENARES.

In November 2016 the Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables was nominated as the governing body of childhood through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents 2012-2021 is a space for coordination and articulation with different governmental and non-governmental actors. The Commission of Outcome 20 addresses violence against children.

A working group developed the taxonomy of public investment regarding children policies. These results were presented to the permanent multi-sectoral commission in charge of implementing the National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents 2012-2021. The methodology has been adopted as the official monitoring mechanism for implementation of the plan and public investment in children.

In 2013, the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics conducted the National Social Relations Survey, including data on violence against children. The survey was repeated in 2015.

In 2014, Peru became one of four countries that participated in a multinational study of the drivers of violence, along with Italy, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

In 2017 Peru approved Law No. 1297, which defines a model of intervention to protect the child against situations of risk and family abandonment.

In June, 2018, Supreme Decree No. 003-2018-MIMP resulted in the approval of a regulatory framework for Law No. 30403, which prohibits the use of physical and humiliating punishment against children. Soon after, Law No. 30466 is approved, which sets parameters to guarantee the best interests of the child.

The Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables and MINEDU approve guidelines for school coexistence, and boost prevention and attention to violence against girls, boys and adolescents (Supreme Decree No. 004 -2018-MINEDU).

Legislative Decree No. 1377 strengthens comprehensive protection services for children and adolescents.

Peru has covered 95 percent of 1780 national districts with DEMUNA, the country's child protection service. 

More than 17 special protection units and three centers of residential attention in emergency are strengthened.

Peru has 47 JUGUEMOS services which are designed to strengthen the capabilities of children through playful methodologies that teach self-protection strategies. Five of these services are working on itinerant social action platforms, which reaches communities on the banks of Peru's large rivers: Napo, Morona, Putumayo Alto, Putumayo Bajo and Lake Titicaca.

Peru has two budget programs to respond to violence against girls, boys and adolescents: PP No. 0080, Combating Family Violence, which seeks to reduce violence towards women and family members; and PP No. 0117, Timely Attention to Children in Presumed States of Abandonment, which aims to ensure that the mother, parent or caregiver assumes the parental role.

In 2019, End Violence and our partners are working to:


  • By proposing a national child protection policy aligned to the new social, normative and political reality of the country.
  • By implementing the action plan within the framework of the above protection policy.


  • By increasing resources through budgetary programs, including the budget of the Women and Vulnerable Populations Ministry and local government budgets.


  • By encouraging new authorities to prioritise violence against children and use new, more robust protection standards.
  • By helping to decentralise governments and implement the ‘Ponte en Modo Niñez’ strategy to ensure safe public spaces for children.