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Stakeholders and experts exploring ways to strengthen the coordination and implementation mechanisms of the Lanzarote Convention in the Republic of Moldova

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova 31 May 2019
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Stakeholders and experts exploring ways to strengthen the coordination and implementation mechanisms of the Lanzarote Convention in the Republic of Moldova

A field research mission of the mapping study on the effective implementation of the Lanzarote Convention in the Republic of Moldova concludes today by a de-briefing workshop organised for key stakeholders in Chisinau by the Council of Europe project on Protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova. The mapping aims notably at contributing towards consensus building around key child protection system priorities related to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children.

This week international and national experts of the Council of Europe have met with representatives of Ministries of Justice; Internal Affairs; Health, Labour and Social Protection; Education, Culture and Research as well as Supreme Court of Justice, General Prosecutor’s Office, People’s Advocate, civil society, international organisations and professionals working with and for children.

The mapping exercise focuses on how the Moldovan national child protection system responds to the needs of children at risk or victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and on how institutions cooperate and coordinate work when developing and implementing the national laws and policies. It aims at identifying legislative and policy gaps, implementation challenges but also lessons learned and promising practices. Findings and recommendations of the study will be available and discussed by the end of 2019.

The Lanzarote Convention is the most advanced and comprehensive legally binding instrument at international level on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. The Republic of Moldova ratified the Convention in 2011, participated in the first monitoring round dedicated to the protection of children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust (2014-2018) and is currently taking part in the second monitoring round on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse facilitated by information and communication technologies (2017).