Protecting children in out-of-home care from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse

18 October 2019 Nicosia, Cyprus

At its 25th meeting, held in Cyprus on 15-18 October, the Lanzarote Committee adopted a Declaration on protecting children in out-of-home care from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. The Committee calls upon the State Parties to the Lanzarote Convention, in particular, to strengthen and...

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Georgia bans corporal punishment of children in all settings

17 October 2019 Strasbourg

On 20 September 2019, the Parliament of Georgia adopted the Code on the Rights of the Child which explicitly prohibits corporal punishment of children in all settings. The Code will come into force on 1 June 2020. This brings to 33 the number of Council of Europe member States to have achieved...

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Tunisia accedes to the Lanzarote Convention

15 October 2019 Strasbourg

Tunisia is the 1st non-Member state of the Council of Europe to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse ("Lanzarote Convention": CETS No. 201). This brings to 45 the number of states having chosen to be bound to this...

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Protection of children against sexual violence in Cyprus

15-18 October 2019 Nicosia, Cyprus

The Lanzarote Committee will hold its next, 25th meeting in Cyprus. This will be an opportunity for the Committee to learn more about the multidisciplinary approach and inter-institutional cooperation applied in Cyprus for better protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse. A...

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Opportunity to prepare the Council of Europe Handbook on child participation

1 October 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is launching a call for applications from international consultants to prepare, compile and draft a Handbook on child participation aimed at professionals working with children. Particular focus should be given to the Handbook’s relation to the Council of Europe...

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International Conference Eurojust and GLACY+ on online investigations: Darknet and online sexual violence against children

30 September-1 October 2019 The Hague, The Netherlands

The second joint conference on cybercrime organized by Eurojust and the Council of Europe focuses on investigations of online sexual violence against children in the Darknet. The event is gathering some 120 participants from countries supported by cybercrime capacity building projects of the...

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UN CRC launches new guidelines on effective protection of children from sexual exploitation

26 September 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has long been concerned that many States parties are failing to properly implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. The danger is that children in these...

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ENOC Conference: children's rights in the digital environment

25-26 September 2019 Belfast, United Kingdom

After having presented a masterclass on "How to better engage with Council of Europe Human Rights Mechanisms relevant to the rights of the child?", the Head of Division and Programme co-ordinator for Children's rights at Council of Europe, Ms Regina Jensdottir, is participating in the European...

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Online child sexual abuse experts visit Ukraine and Armenia

17-18 September 2019 Yerevan, Armenia and Kyiv, Ukraine

The Council of Europe experts will visit Yerevan and Kyiv on 17-19 September 2019 under the Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe to analyse legislation, policies and practices to prevent and combat this crime. The EndOCSEA@Europe Project promotes, facilitates and...

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“Strengthening civil society participation in the implementation and monitoring of the Lanzarote Convention” conference report

12 August 2019 Strasbourg

On 8-9 April 2019, an international conference on “Strengthening civil society participation in the implementation and monitoring of the Lanzarote Convention” gathered representatives from over 35 civil society organisations (CSOs), active in 20 member states of the Council of Europe in...

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Strengthening Multi-sectorial cooperation to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse

12 august 2019 Strasbourg

Information and communication technologies can both empower children to exercise their rights in new ways and increase the risks of violations of their rights to privacy and to a life free from all forms of violence. The risks of becoming a victim of online child sexual exploitation or abuse...

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Opportunity to participate in the next Council of Europe Children’s Rights Conference

30 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe invites representatives of Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children (Ombudspersons), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), professional networks, private companies, universities or academic networks working on children’s rights who would like to attend its...

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Opportunity to coordinate child participation at the next Council of Europe Children’s Rights conference

18 July 2019 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is holding a call for applications from international NGOs / international consultants to prepare, coordinate and implement child participation at its upcoming Children’s Rights conference. The conference will mark the mid-term evaluation of the Council of Europe Strategy...

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Secretary General welcomes French law banning parental violence against children

3 July 2019 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland welcomed the adoption of a law in France banning the use of violence against their children by their parents. The law prohibiting educational violence, unanimously adopted yesterday by the Senate, bans cruel and degrading treatment, including all recourse to...

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“Sexting”: children themselves don’t produce “child pornography”

2 July 2019 Strasbourg

“Sexting” by children (generating, receiving and sharing sexually suggestive or explicit images/videos of themselves through mobile technology) does not amount to conduct related to “child pornography”, when it is intended solely for the children’s own private use. Children coerced into such...

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Call for Consultants for a Review of training strategies and materials for Law Enforcement, Judges and Prosecutors and development of a pilot training module

27 June 2019 Strasbourg

While the exact number of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OCSEA) victims is unknown, reports show that tens of thousands of children, of all ages, fall victim to OCSEA each year. This crime is often transnational in nature and ever evolving. To ensure effective investigation and...

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Final conference of the Parliamentary Campaign to end detention of migrant children

26 June 2019 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children is hosting its final conference. This event will sum up the work done by the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons and the Council of Europe Children’s Rights Division in the framework of the Campaign since...

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First fact-finding visit under the Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse@Europe

18-21 June 2019 Baku, Azerbaijan

The Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe Project) promotes, facilitates and supports member state actions to prevent and combat child sexual exploitation and abuse facilitated by information and communication technologies (OCSEA);...

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Screening of persons working with refugee children insufficient to protect them from sexual abuse

7 June 2019 Strasbourg

European states have only partially implemented recommendations of 2017 to protect children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, concluded an evaluation report adopted by the Lanzarote Committee at its latest meeting. The report looks at the follow-up given by...

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Hungarian authorities have not done enough to protect migrant children from sexual abuse along Serbian-Hungarian border

6 June 2019 Strasbourg

A report adopted today by the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (“Lanzarote Committee”) “deplores” the lack of effective measures taken to protect migrant and asylum-seeking children from sexual...

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