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“Sexual violence is an attempt to the child’s human dignity and a serious violation of children’s rights. It causes irreparable damage to the victim’s physical and mental health and often has life-lasting effect.” Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Protecting children from violence has been a top priority at the Council
of Europe for many years. In 2007 the
Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against
Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse was adopted and opened for
signature on the occasion of the 28th Conference of European Ministers
of Justice in Lanzarote, Spain. Following its fifth ratification, the
Convention entered into force on 1 July 2010.
The Convention is the first international treaty to address all forms of sexual violence against children including child prostitution, pedopornography, grooming and corruption of children through exposure to sexual content and activities. Its trademark is the modern “4 Ps” approach:
Prevent and combat sexual exploitation and abuse of children,
Protect the rights of child victims,
Prosecute the perpetrators,
Promote appropriate policies and national and international co-operation against this phenomenon.
With an emphasis on keeping the best interests of children in the forefront, the Convention covers the following main aspects: preventive and protective measures; assistance to child victims and their families; intervention programmes or measures for child sex offenders; criminal offences, including several entirely new offences; child-friendly procedures for investigation and prosecution; recording and storing of data on convicted sex offenders; international co-operation; and a monitoring mechanism based on a body, the Committee of the Parties, composed of representatives of the parties to the convention.
The first meeting of the Committee of the Parties took place on 20-21 September 2011. The second meeting of the Committee of the Parties is foreseen to take place on the 29-30 March 2012 in Strasbourg.