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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.

Local and regional authorities are encouraged to sign up for the Congress' 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.

Johan van den Hout walks with Matty McVarish on the last mile of his journey

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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...
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The City of Nis signs the Pact of Towns and Regions to stop sexual violence against children

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By signing the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children, the City of Nis (Serbia) joined the ranks of many other European cities and regions that have committed to protecting and promoting the safety of children and young people living on...
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Johan van den Hout proposes new report

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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 had a...
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Lower Austria signs the Pact

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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 Henriette...
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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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