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Review of training capacities in the area of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: fact finding mission to Chisinau

Chisinau 14 October 2019
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Review of training capacities in the area of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: fact finding mission to Chisinau

The Council of Europe is reviewing the training materials, programmes and strategies available for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in the area of Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OCSEA) in the Republic of Moldova. The aim of the review is to assess the training capacities available for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in the area of OCSEA and identify the necessities in this respect.

In this context, in the period of 1-3 October, the Council of Europe project on protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova organised a fact finding mission in Chisinau for a team of international and national experts engaged to review the training materials in the area of OCSEA.  The aim of the mission was to meet all key stakeholders and further explore existing materials, resources and existing gaps in training capacities available for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on OCSEA.

The mission team had meetings with the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Police Academy “Stefan cel Mare”, National Institute of Justice, General Prosecutor’s Office, National Council for the Protection of Child's Rights, lawyers and representatives of relevant international organizations and NGOs to discuss the specifics of training capacities on OCSEA available for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies and challenges they face.   

Following the fact finding mission, the experts team will develop the reports and will present the conclusions and recommendations in a public event to be organised in February 2020.

This exercise is carried out as well in other European countries as Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and has as a final purpose to develop a pilot training module, which will include the international standards applicable to OCSEA and child-friendly justice principles applicable to interviewing child-victims and witnesses of OCSEA. The module will be adapted to the specific needs of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies according to the national context.