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In recent years, Georgia has made first steps to address the problem of violence against children. In 2010, a joint Ministerial decree concerning identification of violence, appropriate referral, response, and coordination by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs laid the grounds for the development of a national child protection referral system. Adding psychologists to the staff of the Social Service Agency in 2013 with the primary task to identify and address violence against children further advanced the system.
In order to analyse barriers to ending violence against children in Georgia and to review the progress of the child protection referral system, two studies were undertaken by UNICEF in 2012-2013. The studies assessed the perception of general public on violence against children and functioning of the referral procedures from the perspective of professionals involved in implementation of the system. The two studies have to be considered in combination to get a complete picture of the situation of violence against children in Georgia and issues around functioning of the child protection referral system.