On 26 February, Chisinau hosted a national conference on consolidating social workers’ abilities to implement the Council of Europe's Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) in the Republic of Moldova.
The conference brought together more than 60 social workers from throughout the country, government representatives, officials from the European Council, as well as international experts from several European countries. Talks revolved around social workers identifying, reporting and managing cases of sexual abuse of children. The conference therefore helped bring sensitivity to the Lanzarote Convention and the topic of sexual abuse of children, and also allowed for the collection of feedback and information for planning future trainings with relevant national partners.
This conference is the first of its kind in Moldova. It is part of the European Council’s project on children’s protection against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in Moldova (2018–2020), and it contributes to the European Council’s action plan for Moldova (2016–2020).
More details about the event can be found here.