Member state responses to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse

Baseline Mapping


Date of publication:  01 Nov 2019 Author:  Victoria Baines Publisher:  Council of Europe Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

The publication identifies promising practices and common challenges faced by member states:

  • To identify, rescue and support the child victims;
  • To ensure that harmful content is removed from the world wide web without delay; and
  • To preserve and secure the electronic evidence to ensure that perpetrators are apprehended and prosecuted.

This mapping provides an analysis of the situation in member states in accordance with the Lanzarote and Budapest Convention, as well as selected capabilities identified in the WePROTECT Global Alliance Model National Response. Particular attention is paid to the following topics:

  • Governance structures and multi-stakeholder co-operation in member states
  • Capacities to research, analyse and monitor current threats of OCSEA at national level
  • Law enforcement capacities to investigate cases of OCSEA, including the existence of dedicated law enforcement units
  • Child-friendly procedures for judges and prosecutors to uphold and protect the rights of child-victims of OCSEA during criminal proceedings
  • Mechanisms to provide end-to-end support to child-victims of OCSEA
  • Education and awareness-raising initiatives to prevent OCSEA in member states
  • Child participation in the development of policies and practices to prevent and combat OCSEA (

Thematic areas examined include hotlines, helplines, awareness-raising activities, specialised law enforcement responses, legislation and policy/governance, specialised judges and prosecutors, child-friendly procedures and end-to-end victim support.

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European Union

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