Local and regional authorities have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children and young people, working together with partners such as the third sector, public organisations and the private sector. To meet this challenge, the Congress aims to raise Europe’s towns and regions awareness of the issue, to develop and implement community-based action plans and strategies, and to invest in better services.
The Congress has devised a Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children which proposes measures and strategies to prevent abuse, protect victims, prosecute perpetrators, and ensure the full participation of children in the entire process.
- Johan van den HOUT: “The protection of children against abuse is a long-term battle”
- Unaccompanied refugee children: a matter of urgency for local and regional authorities
- Lanzarote Committee Meeting: “Local and regional authorities have a key role in protecting unaccompanied refugee children”, says Johan van den HOUT
- Sexual abuse of children: national associations of local and regional authorities take part in a seminar in Belgrade
- Gudrun MOSLER-TÖRNSTRÖM: “Cities and regions are at the forefront of children’s rights-based policy implementation”
The Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children is a tool, launched at the initiative of Council of Europe Congress, that proposes practical actions and policies to put in place child-friendly services. The primary objective is to protect children and prevent sexual violence to which they may be exposed. The signatory cities undertake to develop initiatives in this direction.