[Bulgaria] The prevention of children sexual violence and exploitation is possible

24 Nov 2017
Know-How Centre for the Alternative Care for Children

This was the motto of the international conference, organized by the LEARNING ACTION PARTNERSHIP (LAP), with the financial support of the OAK Foundation. The two-day event (November 17-18) brought together professionals working with children and youth, academics, key experts. The state institutions were presented by Mrs. Rositsa Dimitrova (Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy), Mrs. Denitsa Sacheva (Deputy Minister of Education), The Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria - Mrs. Maya Manolova.

H.E. Emma Hopkins, the British Ambassador to Bulgaria, participated with her presentation "About the faces of contemporary slavery"; assoc. prof. Mihail Okoliyski (WHO Bulgaria Expert) presented the WHO European Action Plan on the Prevention of Child Abuse. Dr. Debra Olnick, Bedfordshire University, presented the topic of sexual exploitation of children in the UK in historical, political and legislative terms, as well as approaches to prevention, victim identification and victimization. Prof. Maya Grekova (Sofia University) presented the study "Sexual exploitation and sexual violence among adolescents in educational boarding schools, social pedagogic boarding schools and other institutions".

In panel discussions were dedicated to two topics: Sexual Exploitation and Institutions for Children, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Violence prevention and support for victims.

On the second day of the conference, organizations like National Network for Children, P.U.L.S.E. Foundation, SAPI presented their best practices.

Mrs. Jane Warburton, consultant for the OAK Foundation, suggested some ideas for institutional and legal changes related to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, as well as good examples of advocacy.

At the end of the event a document with rulemaking recommendations on children's policies in the health, education and social sectors was presented, with the participation of the member organizations of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP is a network for the exchange of ideas and joint activities for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children, a member of which is also the Know-How Center).

You can watch a record of the event on the Bulgarian ChildHub FB page - https://www.facebook.com/ChildProtectionHubBG/

All presentations and videos are avaible here - https://bfpagallery.wordpress.com/events-2016/prevention-of-sexual-explo...

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