Children’s lives are disrupted and seriously affected when forced to leave their homes, whilst on the move, internally displaced or once they have reached the host country. These circumstances make children particularly vulnerable to violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, including trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and to the risk of going missing.
On the occasion of the International Migrants Day (18 December), as a response to the high risk children affected by migration face, the Council of Europe is launching a Handbook on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in crisis and emergency situations.
“There is a heightened risk of children going missing when they are on the move, including from the reception facilities, responsible for protecting them. This Handbook highlights different challenges, including this one and how to address them,” said Leyla Kayacik, the Council of Europe Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees.
International Migrants Day: Council of Europe publishes guidance on how to better protect children against sexual exploitation and abuse in crisis and emergency situations