In the period of 25 – 26 May 2021 the Council of Europe regional project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe) and project on Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova held a training on “Online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OCSEA)” for police, judges and prosecutors, based on the pilot training module on combatting online child sexual exploitation and abuse for law enforcement and members of the judiciary developed in the EndOCSEA@Europe project.
The course covered the topics of legislation, the investigative powers and international cooperation as well as the collection and handling of electronic evidence when dealing with this type of criminal activity and the protection of the child victim in criminal proceedings.
The training aims to strengthen capacities of legal professionals on preventing and combating OCSEA at national level, and it follows a review of training materials available to law enforcement and in-country workshop for identifying and discussing key recommendations in the field of legislation, policies and practices.
The training was attended by 160 judges, prosecutors and police officers, representatives of the National Institute of Justice and relevant NGO.
In her welcoming remarks Giulia Re, the Deputy Head of the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau underlined: ”Given the large volume of data and the number of online websites, existing techniques, and procedures for investigating the online child sexual exploitation and abuse sometimes prove to be insufficient to identify perpetrators. Therefore, the continuous improvement of the knowledge in this field of all professionals involved in investigation process of online child sexual abuse is very important”.
Octavian Bivol, Head of the Continuous Education Department, National Institute of Justice representative noted: ”This training is an additional step in strengthening the capacities of legal professionals, who often face very complicated cases that go beyond the borders of the country. Thus, we highly appreciate the assistance of the Council of Europe in organizing such much-needed training”.
The activity falls within the immediate outcome 4 of the Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova project “Improved skills and know-how of professionals to respond to violence against children and promote child-friendly practices” and is at the same time in line with EndOCSEA@Europe objective to deliver support to focus countries of the project, including the Republic of Moldova.