PDF - Protecting children from sexual violence - A comprehensive approach (2011)
Protecting children from sexual violence - A comprehensive approach is a collection of highly readable expert papers for both child professionals and the general public. It is divided into five parts, presenting a European overview and covering the existing legal frameworks; abuse prevention and reporting; rehabilitation and social reintegration of victims; sexual violence on the Internet; and public and private partnerships against abuse. It also sheds light on the little-known problem of children who are sexually abusing other children.In addition to providing thorough information on the many facets of this complex subject, this publication also highlights new concepts, facts and recommendations. Foremost is the significant lack of data on the prevalence and nature of sexual violence in Europe, underscoring the need for co-ordinated pan-European research and information gathering, which are vital to effective policy making and programme design. It also sounds the alarm for urgent co-ordinated action in various fields to drastically improve child protection through awareness raising; targeted and specialised training, intervention and therapy programmes; sex education in schools; responsible family attitudes; and justice systems with tighter abuse laws and which take account of children's special needs as reliable witnesses.Protecting children from sexual violence is published as part of the Council of Europe campaign to stop sexual violence against children. The hope is that this publication will inspire judges, the police, educators, governments, the media and legislatures to join the campaign and expose, demythify and take concerted action to combat sexual violence against children, a phenomenon that affects as many as 20% of children in Europe.
Part one: The reality of sexual violence against children in Europe and existing legal frameworks
1. Overview of the nature and extent of child sexual abuse in Europe
2. The United Nations legislative framework for the protection of children from sexual violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation
3. Sexual violence against children - The European legislative framework and outline of Council of Europe conventions and European Union policy
Part two: Sexual violence against children - Preventing and reporting
4. Children's participation in policy and practice to prevent child sexual abuse - Developing empowering interventions
5. Towards a child-friendly justice and support for child victims of sexual abuse
6. Against all odds - Communicating about sexual violence
7. Sexual abuse of children with disabilities
8. Preventing and signalling sexual violence against children - Policies and standards for child care in Europe
9. Child helplines as awareness-raising, referral and reporting mechanisms on sexual violence against children
10. Training professionals - An essential strategy for eradicating child sexual abuse
11. The responsibility and co-ordination of professionals in tackling child sexual abuse 12.Teaching children to protect themselves from sexual abuse
13. Sexuality education and the prevention of sexual violence
14. Gathering data on sexual violence against children
15. Preventing sexual violence against children through citizenship and human rights education
Part three: Rehabilitation and social reintegration of child victims, including child perpetrators
16. Recovery services for child victims of sexual violence and their families - What can be offered?
17. Child and adolescent sexual abusers - For a rehabilitative approach driven by scientific evidence
18. Children and young people exhibiting sexually harmful behaviour - What have we learned and what do we need to know to propose effective intervention?
Part four: Sexual violence on the Internet
19. The Internet dimension of sexual violence against children
20. Awareness raising to combat online sexual violence
Part five: Public and private partnerships to eliminate sexual violence against children
21. Engaging the travel and tourism sector in protecting children from sexual exploitation
22.Stop sex trafficking of children and young people - a unique ECPAT and Body Shop campaign
Selected Council of Europe conventions and adopted texts
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