On 27 February, the Council of Europe project on protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova organised a Workshop on enhancing resources and training of legal professionals on online child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Republic of Moldova, as well as the third and last Steering Committee meeting of the project.
The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss the key findings of several assessments to identify the current resources, procedures, capacities and training needs on child sexual exploitation and abuse of legal professionals, in terms of improving them. During the course of the first part of the day the outcomes of the following three reports were presented:
- Mapping study on systemic issues affecting the child protection system’s response to child sexual exploitation and abuse the effective implementation of the Lanzarote Convention, which has now been finalized after consultation, desk study and on-site research phases;
- 2 Reviews of training materials, programmes and strategies available for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on investigation and examination of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
In addition, the methodology and first data of the analysis of the judicial practice on child sexual exploitation and abuse cases for the last three years were presented and discussed.
The workshop provided an opportunity to relevant authorities and stakeholders to voice their feedback and to further explore the development of a training module for legal professionals on investigation of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
In the second part of the day, the third and last meeting of the Steering Committee of the project took place. The aim of the Steering Committee meeting was to take stock on the results achieved in the past year, with focus on the project activities implemented during the period of October 2019 – February 2020, as well as to present the follow-up project: phase II, which will start in April 2020.