Council of Europe
Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and
has been prepared by
of Experts on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and
established in 2005, as a sub-committee of the European Committee on Crime
Open for signature on 25 October 2007 in Lanzarote, Spain,
the convention entered into force on 1 July 2010.
The objective of the convention is to protect children against any form of
sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
Every provision aims at preventing sexual exploitation
and sexual abuse of children, protecting child victims of sexual offences
and prosecuting perpetrators. With an emphasis on keeping the best interests
of children in the forefront, the convention covers the following main
preventive and protective
assistance to child victims
and their families;
intervention programmes or
measures for child sex offenders;
including several entirely new offences, such as child grooming;
procedures for investigation and prosecution;
recording and storing of
data on convicted sex offenders;
and a monitoring mechanism.
convention provides a comprehensive and exhaustive coverage of the
protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse, which
consolidates existing standards in the field.
The new instrument fills gaps, ensures coherency in Europe and the equal
protection of all of its children by establishing clear common standards and
definitions that are applicable in all European countries, in particular
through harmonising criminal law and other relevant measures.
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