Engaging civil society is crucial in preventing and combating child sexual exploitation and abuse.
To further strengthen cooperation, the Council of Europe organised an International Conference dedicated to civil society on 8-9 April 2019 in Strasbourg. This international conference gathered over 40 participants and aimed to build capacities to strengthen the prevention and protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse by:
- familiarising participants with the Council of Europe child rights strategic agenda and work, including the Lanzarote Convention and its monitoring process;
- discussing strategies and ways civil society actors can strengthen the implementation of the Lanzarote Convention at local and national level and develop or deepen their engagement with the Lanzarote Committee; and
- providing the opportunity to share experiences, promising practices and lessons learnt with peers at pan European level.
The Council of Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided for this programme by the Fund to End Violence Against Children.