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Available data suggest that about one child in five in Europe is a victim of some form of sexual violence, one of the worst forms of violence against children. 

 

Local and regional authorities have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children and young people, working together with partners such as the third sector, public organisations and the private sector.  The challenge to Europe’s towns and regions is to raise awareness of the issue, to develop and implement community-based action plans and strategies, and to invest in better services.

 

The Congress has devised a Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children which proposes measures and strategies, from simple, cost-effective initiatives to comprehensive policies, that can usefully be implemented to further the aims of the campaign.  One of the proposed measures is that local and regional authorities set up multi-disciplinary child protection centres, examples of which exist already in several towns.

 

The Congress has also prepared a toolkit which offers to local and regional authorities, associations, NGOs and other stakeholders, proposals for policies, strategies and tools to prevent abuse, protect victims, prosecute perpetrators, and ensure the full participation of children in the entire process. 

 


Sexual abuse of children: national associations of local and regional authorities to take part in a seminar in Belgrade

calendarFrom 13/06/2017 to 13/05/2017

Local and regional authorities are on the frontline in the efforts to combat the sexual abuse of children. How can we share and develop practical initiatives at local and regional level to prevent this evil? This is the subject which will be discussed by national associations of local and regional authorities at a seminar to be held on...
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18 November European Day: The Congress involved in the fight against child sexual abuse

calendar 18/11/2016

The Congress participates in the events organised on the occasion of the European Day on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse that takes place on 18 November with statements from its president, Mrs Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, as well as five members addressing the public in their own language (Dutch, Greek,...
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End Child Sex Abuse Day: 18 November

calendar 02/11/2015

Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children are still a tragic reality for all our societies. They are serious violations of children’s rights, and can have long lasting and often detrimental consequences on a child’s entire life.

Recent research estimates that in 70 - 85% of cases, the perpetrator is a person known to the...
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Cities and regions unanimously recognised as best placed to implement concrete actions against sexual abuse of children

calendarFrom 30/06/2015 to 30/06/2015

Cities and regions are the best placed authorities to implement concrete actions to protect children against sexual abuse. The work done by all stakeholders in the framework of the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign must be pursued. This was the unanimous message delivered by the participants to the seminar for national associations of...
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Toolkit on the ONE in FIVE Campaign is published in 37 languages

calendar 19/06/2015

The Congress of the Local and Regional and Authorities published the Toolkit on the ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children in 37 languages. It offers to local and regional authorities, associations, NGOs and other stakeholders, proposals for policies, strategies and tools to prevent abuse, protect victims, prosecute...
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Seminar for national associations of local and regional authorities

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The Seminar on the ONE in FIVE Campaign of the Council of Europe and the Congress’s Pact for Towns and Regions to stop sexual violence against children took place on 30 June 2015 in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

This seminar concluded the Congress’s contribution to the ONE in FIVE Campaign which is ending in 2015. Its...
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A run to raise public awareness of violence against children and promote the Council of Europe’s ONE in FIVE campaign

calendar 18/06/2015

Clemens Lammerskitten, (Germany, EPP/CCE) Congress Vice-President, accompanied by Andreas Kiefer, Congress Secretary General welcomed, on Monday 20 April 2015, John McGurk and 20 other runners representing the “4a Children’s World” association from Osnabrück. Mr McGurk is leading a two-week run across Germany to draw attention to the...
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Johan van den Hout walks with Matty McVarish on the last mile of his journey

calendar 10/02/2015

 

On Saturday 7 February 2015, Johan van den Hout, the Congress' Thematic Spokesperson on Children, joined Matty McVarish on the last leg of his 10,000 mile "Road to Change" walk to raise awareness, in 29 European states, of sexual violence against children.  Matty met with political leaders in all 28 EU member...
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Lower Austria signs the Pact

calendar 17/09/2014
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Karl Wilfing, Member of the Government of Lower Austria has signed the Congress' Pact thus committing to the fight to stop sexual violence against children and to the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign.

 

During his awareness-raising visit to Austria last April, Johan van den Hout met...
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Child-friendly interview room

calendar 08/09/2014

In the spirit of the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), Jihlava (Czech Republic) has created a child-friendly interview room in which its specially-trained staff can interview victims of abuse without the risk of aggravating the...
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Johan van den Hout proposes new report

calendar 24/10/2014

Over the past few years, child poverty and children’s vulnerability to poverty have increased in many countries and children’s wellbeing in general is being negatively affected.  According to the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, this is a direct result of the economic and financial crisis.  The crisis has...
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