Responding to child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgia, phase I
The project aims at strengthening the capacity of authorities and professionals to prevent and protect children from sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and other forms of violence and to promote child-friendly practices in Georgia. Through the project, the state response towards child sexual abuse is enhanced and the development of a child-friendly justice system further supported in Georgia.
Georgia ratified the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, also known as the “Lanzarote Convention” in 2014. The Lanzarote Convention is the most ambitious and comprehensive international legal instrument aimed at preventing and protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and prosecuting perpetrators. It requires the state parties to criminalise all kinds of sexual offences against children and adopt specific legislation and policy measures to prevent sexual violence, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.
The Council of Europe Guidelines on child-friendly justice (2010) recall, promote and reinforce many universal and European standards. The Guidelines give a concrete regional dimension to children’s rights standards designed internationally, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the United Nations Guidelines on Justice in matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime (2005). They strengthen these tools while offering to go further. Moreover, the guidelines are based on the European Convention on Human Rights and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights whose judgments are binding.
- Legislative and policy framework is harmonised in line with key Council of Europe legal standards, guidelines and recommendations.
- Knowledge-base is improved on child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgia
- Awareness of key stakeholders on the Lanzarote Convention and their commitment to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse is increased in Georgia
- Capacities of authorities and professionals working for and with children are strengthened.
The action is designed with longer term objectives in mind. Key project activities during the phase I of the project (November-October 2018) include:
- Self-assessment of national stakeholders to follow-up on the findings of the first monitoring round of the Lanzarote Committee on the protection of children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust.
- Adaptation, launch and online training of the HELP course on child-friendly justice for prosecutors and lawyers.
- Support for legislative and policy review through technical assistance
- Development and production of awareness raising materials to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgian.
The project is implemented in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019) by the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe.
- Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
- Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia
- Georgian Bar Association