The Council of Europe Project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe supports member States to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The project, which is implemented in the framework of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), includes 3 mutually reinforcing components, each aimed at:
- setting up enabling environments for cross-sector, multidisciplinary collaboration at national and regional levels, through strengthening national governance structures and conducting situation analysis of online child sexual exploitation and abuse risks and responses in national and pan-European contexts;
- supporting legislative and procedural reforms, training and improved capacities of law enforcement officials, judiciary and prosecutors and promoting multi-disciplinary interagency cooperation for end to end victims’ support;
- addressing societal capabilities with emphasis on awareness-raising, education of key target groups and empowerment of children.
The present call for consultants is to draft a baseline mapping of Council of Europe member states to identify current trends, promising practices and challenges faced concerning online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The baseline mapping will include a comparative review of existing mechanisms for collective action to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse at pan-European level and recommendations on how to strengthen responses to online child sexual exploitation and abuse at European level.
The baseline mapping will be considered at regional conferences to take place in 2019.
Applicants are invited to return the completed forms and a draft methodology proposal in English by: 6 March 2019.
The Council of Europe will shortly publish calls for consultants to research, and develop as appropriate, training materials and strategies for law enforcement agencies to prevent and combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse, and for judges and prosecutors to implement child-friendly procedures and investigation techniques.
The Council of Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided for this project by the Fund to End Violence Against Children.