The Congress is contributing to the Council of Europe's ONE in FIVE Campaign which sets out to promote signature and ratification of the Lanzarote Convention, the main legal instrument to protect children against sexual exploitation and abuse. The Campaign also seeks to make all those concerned – children, their families/carers and society at large – more aware of the gravity of this form of violence and of what can be done to prevent it.
The Congress is responsible for the local and regional dimensions of the Campaign. Due to their proximity to victims, towns and regions are on the front line of the fight to stop sexual violence against children, and must develop and implement action plans and strategies to halt it.
The Congress has launched a Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children which is a guide to implementing the provisions of the Lanzarote Convention at local and regional levels. It comprises a list of initiatives and policies – from simple, cost effective actions to comprehensive strategies - to this effect.
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...
From 8 to 10 September 2014, Johan van den Hout, Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Children, travelled to several Czech cities to talk to political leaders about the Council of Europe's ONE in FIVE Campaign and the Congress's Pact of towns and regions to stop sexual violence against children.
During his meetings...
On the occasion of a meeting on 8 September 2014, Jiri Kuthan, member of the Municipal Council of Plsen, Czech Republic, informed Johan van den Hout (Netherlands, SOC), Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Children, that the Mayor of Plsen was expected to sign imminently the Pact of Cities and Regions to stop sexual violence against children....
The Congress has produced a campaign toolkit in 22 language versions to encourage local and regional authorities in Europe to sign up to the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children and take measures at local and regional level. The Pact comprises a list of initiatives and policies to prevent sexual abuse of...
Salford joins Liverpool, Nottingham and Derby to become the fourth UK city to sign the Congress' Pact of towns and regions to stop sexual violence against children.
City Mayor Ian Stewart said “This campaign aims to highlight the problem of child abuse – which is mostly committed by people close to the...
Thanks to the efforts of the Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses (ANMP), seven Portuguese municipalities have now joined the growing community of towns and regions which are actively fighting sexual violence against children.
Portugal signed and ratified the Council...
The municipality of the City of Prague is the first Czech town to sign the Pact of towns and regions to stop sexual violence against children.
The Czech Republic plans to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (Lanzarote...