Working Group on responses to violence against children (CDENF-GT-VAE)

Under supervision of the CDENF, the CDENF-GT-VAE - composed of eight national experts and a number of representatives from observer organisations - will support the implementation of priority area 3 of the Strategy (2016-2021). The Group will notably contribute to the development of non-binding instruments or tools containing relevant guidance for member states on systems for professionals to report violence against children, and on measures and interventions aimed at preventing peer violence and sexual abusive behaviour by children.

Moreover, it will support the review of any progress made towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), and notably SDG Target 16.2 to end all forms of violence against children; the implementation of CDENF activities under other priority areas of the Strategy, which may be closely related to violence against children; and the ongoing development of the “Clearinghouse on responses to violence against children”, serving as a platform for the exchange of information on national, European and international responses to violence against children.

The CDENF-GT-VAE shall also advise the CDENF on further priority actions to be developed to support member states in the preparation of legislation, policies, practice, training schemes and awareness raising materials to enhance the protection of children from violence, including through the upcoming Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027).