Responding to child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgia, phase I

 

Objectives

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.

Expected results of the project are:

  • 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. Phase I of the project is implemented by the Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe during the period of November 2017-December 2019 in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Georgia (2016-2019). The project is anchored in the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021) and part of the Programme “Building a Europe for and with Children”.


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