The Lanzarote Committee (i.e. the Committee of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse) is the body established to monitor whether Parties effectively implement the Lanzarote Convention.

Composed of representatives of the 48 Parties to the Convention (the members) as well as participants and observers who meet regularly in plenary sessions, the Committee assesses the situation of the protection of children from sexual violence at national level on the basis of the information provided by the national authorities and other sources.

In addition to the monitoring procedure, the Committee adopts opinions to develop specific provisions of the Lanzarote Convention, thematic and topical statements on the protection of children against sexual violence, as well as contributes to the work of other international organisations.

The Committee is also mandated to facilitate the collection, analysis and exchange of information, experience, and good practices in order to improve the capacity to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children. In this regard, the Committee organises capacity-building activities in which information is exchanged and hearings are held on specific challenges raised by the implementation of the Convention.

To assist it in its work, the Committee calls upon national human rights institutions, as well as civil society and seeks child participation.



 Composition of the Lanzarote Committee

The composition of the Lanzarote Committee is governed by Rule 2 of its Rules of Procedure