For authorities and parliaments
The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) was opened for signature in 2007 and came into force in 2010. It requires its Parties to establish specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence against children, to protect the victims and to prosecute the perpetrators. It also requests countries to ensure that the statute of limitation for initiating proceedings with regard to sexual offences against children continues for a period of time sufficient to allow the efficient start of proceedings after the victim has reached the age of majority.
Any country across the globe may accede to the Lanzarote Convention. Here’s an information leaflet on its accession process.
An information brochure on the Lanzarote Convention: What is the purpose of the Convention and what offences does it cover?
The Handbook for Parliamentarians to help better understand and promote the Lanzarote Convention. This handbook highlights the sensitive issues which need to be tackled through national legislation.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities’ toolkit to stop sexual violence against children. This toolkit offers to local and regional authorities, associations, NGOs and other stakeholders, proposals for policies, strategies and tools to prevent abuse, protect victims prosecute perpetrators and ensure the full participation of children in the entire process.