ONE in FIVE: Council of Europe Campaign
to stop sexual violence against children
The Congress is contributing to the Council of Europe's One in Five Campaign, which sets out to promote the Lanzarote Convention, the main legal instrument on the subject. The Campaign also seeks to make all those concerned – including the children themselves – more aware of the gravity of this form of violence and of what can be done to prevent it.
The Congress is responsible for the local and regional dimensions of the Campaign, which reflects its 2009 resolution on preventing violence against children. The aim, first and foremost, is to encourage local and regional authorities to establish appropriate multidisciplinary bodies and mechanisms and to promote a more child-friendly culture.
To mobilise municipal and regional authorities for the ONE in FIVE Campaign, the Congress has launched a Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children. The Pact comprises a list of initiatives and policies – from simple, cost effective actions to comprehensive strategies - to be implemented. For its Pact, the Congress has adopted the four pronged approach of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Participation - the four “Ps”: to prevent abuse, protect victims, prosecute perpetrators while ensuring full participation for children.
Johan van den Hout: "The Congress Pact proposes grassroots action against sexual abuse of children"
27/03/2014 - "Local and regional authorities have a key responsibility for the safety and welfare of children, and are therefore on the frontline of the fight against their sexual abuse," stressed Johan van den Hout, Thematic Spokesperson on Children, at the conference on the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015, in Dubrovnik (Croatia) on 27 March. Presenting the Congress' contribution to the "One in Five" Campaign, he gave examples of good practices at the grassroots and highlighted activities to promote the Congress Pact of Towns and Regions to stop sexual violence against children. "The Pact translates the Lanzarote Convention into a list of local and regional policies and practical initiatives for developing child-friendly services, protecting children and helping to prevent sexual violence within the community," he said.
The City of Liverpool signs the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children
06/12/2013 - On the occasion of the visit of Johan van den Hout, Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Children, to the United Kingdom, Roz Gladden, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool signed the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children, on 6 December 2013. The aim of the Pact is to raise local elected representatives’ awareness of the proposals made in the Pact, and encourage them to implement them in their own authorities so as to prevent abuse, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators, whilst ensuring full participation for children. This is a Congress contribution to the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign designed to promote the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention) in the 47 member countries. Photo: Roz Gladden, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool signs the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children
Johan van den HOUT: “In the Netherlands, we are working to break taboos on sexual violence against children”
13/11/2013 - “The new Meldcode or Reporting Code, in the Netherlands, aims to help professionals to ensure a swift intervention in suspected cases of domestic violence and child abuse by providing clear steps to be taken” stated Johan van de HOUT, the Congress’s new Thematic Spokesperson on Children at the extraordinary meeting of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians on One in Five campaign to stop sexual violence against children, on 13 November 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. “All sectors working with or welcoming children must set up a reporting system,” he added, highlighting the success of such action during trial period in Rotterdam. He also reported on the progress in raising local and regional awareness of the Congress Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children in the Council of Europe member states.
Johan van den HOUT: "Protecting children and young people from negative experiences in sport activities must be our priority"
08.10.2013 - "The services that are needed to help victims of sexual violence and abuse are provided, in the main, at the local level where preventive and awareness-raising measures can be most effective." said Johan van den HOUT, the Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Children (Netherlands, SOC) speaking at the Conference on violence in sports, including sexual violence on 7 October in Budapest (Hungary). In this regard, he referred to the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Violence against Children prepared by the Congress in the framework of the Council of Europe's ONE in FIVE Campaign on this subject, stressing the importance of it implementation at local and regional level. "Measures to combat sexual abuse of children will always be cost-effective as they are an investment in a healthy community, based on the respect for human rights." he said.
Fighting sexual violence against children: coordination is needed between state, regional and local bodies
14.03.2013 - ''At the grassroots level, services to fight sexual violence against children can be better tailored to meet citizens’ needs,'' said Clemens Lammerskitten, Vice-President of the Congress, speaking in the Bundestag, the national Parliament of Germany. He participated in a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly’s Network of Contact Parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children. Discussions focused on national strategies and mechanisms to protect children and to improve close co-operation between the different stakeholders.
Combatting sexual violence of children: showcasing good practices at local and regional levels
12.03.2013 - The Congress launched a new online tool which will enable local and regional authorities to share the initiatives they are taking to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. This tool accompanies the “Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children”, launched by the Congress in 2012 as part of its contribution to the Council of Europe’s ONE in FIVE Campaign. “Local and regional authorities must develop and implement relevant action plans and strategies, the Pact will guide them in their choice of policy. The Platform is a means for municipalities and regions to share their initiatives with others who can follow their good examples,” stated Congress President Herwig van Staa.
Sign up for the ''Pact of Cities and Regions''
The Congress is mobilising Europe’s regions to combat sexual violence against children
17.10.2012 - As part of the Congress’s contribution to the ONE in FIVE campaign to stop sexual violence against children, the Congress Chamber of Regions adopted a resolution and a recommendation which call on regional authorities and parliaments to implement the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse in the organisation of their welfare, social and health services, as well as by integrating its provisions into regional legislation where possible.
Report CPR(23)3 | Recommendation 332 (2012) | Resolution 350 (2012)
Congress seminar to propose model bodies to be set up at local and regional level
09.02.2013 - As part of its contribution to the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign, the Congress organised a seminar in Strasbourg, France, on 9 February 2012 (Palais de l’Europe, room 5). It gathered a panel of experts, grassroots players and local and regional elected representatives. The aim of the Congress is to propose, on the basis of the experiences presented, model bodies to be set up at local and regional level to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and to protect and support victims and their families. The seminar was opened by Maud de Boer Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress, and Emin Yeritsyan, President of the Congress Current Affairs Committee.
21st Congress Session: Debate on local initiatives to stop sexual violence against children
18.10.2011 - What can local and regional authorities do to prevent sexual violence against children? How best to foster and develop practical initiatives and good practices in this area? The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe examined these issues in a debate on 18 October 2011. The debate formed part of the general theme of its 21st session – "living together in dignity". Concrete intiatives were presented by, respectively, Bragi Gudbrandsson, Director General of Iceland's Government Agency for Child Protection, and Roswitha Wenzl, Commissioner for Children’s Affairs, City of Stuttgart and project director of the “Cities for Children” European Network.