Protection of children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust: workable strategies

Lanzarote Committee Strasbourg 13 February 2018
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Protection of children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust: workable strategies

In a new report published today, the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Committee analyses the strategies used by 26 European countries(*) to protect children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust (extended family and persons close to the child who exercise influence over the child).

According to the report, states-parties to the Council of Europe’s Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (Lanzarote Convention) are undertaking effective steps in this field. Enabling children to take an active part in the development and adoption of policies is a highly promising practice. Almost all parties’ national authorities cooperate with civil society organisations and the private sector in awareness–raising, education and training of people working with children to prevent child sexual abuse. 

The report stresses the important role of the media in informing about child sexual abuse paying particular attention to the full respect for the privacy and the rights of the child. In Croatia and Romania, for instance, it is prohibited to reveal the identity or any other information about the private life of a child.

(*) As the 1st implementation report, also this one covers the following 26 state parties which had ratified the Lanzarote Convention at the time the monitoring round was launched: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and Ukraine.

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