Duration until 31 December 2021

What is the project?

The Council of Europe Project Combating violence against children in Ukraine will focus on supporting Ukraine in strengthening its response to child sexual exploitation, including in the digital environment, promoting child-friendly practices with focus on ensuring the rights of child victims and witnesses in proceedings and promoting the rights of the child in the digital environment.

The Council of Europe project Combating violence against children in Ukraine is a direct follow-up to the to the previous Council of Europe project on Combating violence against women and children (2017/DG II/VC/3800) implemented in 2017-2018.


Since 2012 Ukraine is a party to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), which is the most ambitious and comprehensive international legal instrument aimed at preventing and protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse as well as prosecuting perpetrators and promoting international cooperation in these areas.

The Project will be implemented under the framework of the Council of Europe Action plan for Ukraine (2018-2021) by the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe and in close cooperation with the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv. The action is firmly anchored in the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), especially with its three priority areas: a life free from violence, child-friendly justice, and children’s rights in the digital environment. It also makes part of the Council of Europe Programme “Building a Europe for and with Children”.

The activities of the Project will promote and be further guided by recommendations and guidelines of the Council of Europe on Integrated National Strategies for the Protection of Children from Violence (CM/Rec (2009)), Child-friendly justice (CM/Rec (2010)) and Guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment (CM/Rec(2018)).

The project itself promotes the implementation of these international standards and builds on the progress and work already carried out at national level. The objectives and goals of the project shall be in line with the following legal acts:


The main partners of the Project include the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Digital Transformation, Ministry of Education and Science, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Children's Rights, Office of Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, and Office of the Prosecutor General, National Police, etc. Collaboration and partnerships will be sought with other relevant government institutions, international organisations, as well as civil society organisations active in this field. 


Children in Ukraine, in particular those in most vulnerable positions, will benefit from more effective prevention and protection against sexual and other forms of violence through a reinforced child protection system managed by skilled and competent work force. In this context, the Project targets judges, prosecutors, lawyers, law enforcement professionals, social workers, teachers, educators, parents.

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