Strasbourg, 15.03.2013 – Working with people who have the potential to become abusers to stop them ever harming children and setting up “children’s houses” for child-friendly justice were among a number of innovative approaches to tackling child sex abuse discussed at a meeting of PACE’s ONE in FIVE network in Berlin yesterday.
The network of contact parliamentarians – one from each national parliament – was holding its 12th meeting, devoted to the topic: “National strategies to fight sexual violence against children”. The Speaker of the German Bundestag welcomed the participants, followed by presentations from government and other experts in Germany, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Iceland on how the issue is dealt with in their countries.
Participants also discussed the need for better data collection on where and how child abuse is taking place, how resources should be divided between addressing past abuse and preventing it in the future, and the need to anchor children’s rights in national constitutions.
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