Child Focus - Prevention of sexual abuse: vision and practices

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Presentation by Kristine Kloeck (CEO of ChildFocus) on the occasion of the hearing 'Protection of children against sexual abuse'

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Child Focus - Prevention of sexual abuse: vision and practices

  1. 1. © Child Focus 2011 CHILD FOCUS Prevention of sexual abuse: vision and practices
  2. 2. 1. Who are we? <ul><li>Child Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children </li></ul><ul><li>Two thematic departments supported by communication departement and Fin. & Res. </li></ul><ul><li>Missing Children Europe </li></ul><ul><li>European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children </li></ul><ul><li>representing 24 NGOs active in 16 Member States of the EU and Switzerland </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2. Added value Lanzarote & Directive ? <ul><li>Complex structure Belgium state: responsibilities divided between federal government and federalised institutions (i.e. communities and regions) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consequence: difficult to ratify and implement European legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Added value of Directive and Convention of Lanzarote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt criminal law (Cf. grooming) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of preventive measures at European level creates possibilities for implemention at Belgian level </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 2. Department Sexual Exploitation & e-Safety <ul><li>Contact point (116 000) for reports on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse: intra and extra-family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse through online technologies (ex: grooming,…) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sexual exploitation: child trafficking, child prostitution, sex tourism… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Child abuse images on the Internet : stopchildporno.be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpline: counseling for questions related to e-safety for children </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crisis intervention by professionals: counseling of victims and parents, evaluate the question, support and stimulate investigation and legal measures, to bridge towards Aid Services & Law enforcement bodies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals depend on professional secrecy (no obstacle for immediate intervention; referral to LEA if necessary, interest of the child is the primary focus) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Department Sexual Exploitation & e-Safety <ul><li>Centre of expertise: </li></ul><ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Profile of the Pedophile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Study on online prostitution of minors : first in Belgium </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Prevention (Cf Infra) </li></ul><ul><li>Policy: influencing political framework & advocacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Notice and Take Down: development vision in cooperation with MCE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-safety charter: self-regulation instrument with 6 principles signed by industry-partners to improve online child protection; initiated and coordinated by Child Focus </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Prevention of sexual abuse: vision <ul><li>A good policy starts with prevention </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted at both potential offenders and victims </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>cooperation, coordination and evaluation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Prevention: primary level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness raising of the public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive way of educating, incl. sexuality education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-determination and empowerment of children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking about sexuality, incl. sexual abuse, breaking taboos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific policies and codes of conduct in diverse organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selection and pre-employment screening professionals & volunteers in contact with children </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 3. Prevention of sexual abuse: vision <ul><li>Prevention: secondary level </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lowering dark number through early detection, early reporting, early intervention </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information and sensitizing for reporting of sexual abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and guidelines for professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote low treshold contact points and aid services for victims and offenders = key </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prevention: tertiary level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance and treatment of offenders and victims </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Prevention campaign sex tourism & child prostitution: www.stopprostitutionenfantine.be </li></ul><ul><li>Under coordination of ECPAT and in cooperation with Federal Police, Child Focus, and public- and private sector organisations </li></ul>
  9. 9. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices
  10. 10. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>« Framework for organisations’ policy on sexuality » </li></ul><ul><li>Recommandations of the ‘ Special Commission on the treatment of sexual abuse and activities of pedophilia within a relationship of authority, especially within the Church’ following the crisis within the Belgian church with regards to Child Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Central contact point + campaign (n° 33) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transfer of information and cooperation (n° 34) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Code of conduct for organizations working with children and young people (n° 67) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperation with Sensoa (Flemish expert organization on sexual health) </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation with competent ministries </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from organizations working with children & young people </li></ul><ul><li>(youth work, sports, institutions, day care) </li></ul>
  11. 11. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><ul><li>Added value Framework: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Background information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Necessary tools and material to develop their own policy on sexuality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Preventive and reactive policy (abuse) built on a general quality policy (sexuality ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Useful tools to implement their policy (code of conduct, standard operating procedures, etc. ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Purpose end 2011: Hopefully c oncretisation and implementation afterwards in every sector (school, sports, Youth work, …) </li></ul>
  12. 12. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>e-Safety at Child Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>= Sexual abuse & sexual exploitation of children (‘digital natives’) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strong link with ‘new’ technologies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Belgian Safer Internet Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOTLINE AWARENESS CENTRE HELPLINE </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Civil contact point: www.stopchildporno.be </li></ul>
  14. 14. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Civil contact point: www.stopchildporno.be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fight against sexual abuse images on the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal agreement with the Federal police (Trafficking in Human Beings and FCCU) and Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness Raising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of expertise </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Awareness: www.clicksafe.be </li></ul>
  16. 16. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Awareness: www.clicksafe.be </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A portal with dedicated websites for children, young people, parents and professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poster Safe chat </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Helpline: www.clicksafe.be/help </li></ul>
  18. 18. 4. Prevention of sexual abuse: best practices <ul><li>Helpline: www.clicksafe.be/help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For the general public (children, parents and grand-parents, educators, professionals) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All questions and problems related to internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active guidance and educational support: techno-preventive advice, orientation, guidance… </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. 5. Conclusion <ul><li>Vision Directive with regard to prevention? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child Focus = ‘all-in one’ organisation  added value : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction and exchange of expertise between </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- the SIC- pillars (helpline, hotline, awareness) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- the case managers (operational) and the experts (strategic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU should stimulate and coordinate Member States to cooperate and collaborate with different partners and expert organisations on European and national level and to develop preventive and awareness raising activities for sexual abuse and exploitation of children online & offline </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. 5. Conclusion <ul><ul><ul><li>STIMULATE to cooperate and collaborate with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>different partners (PPS, Private sector with NGO’s, …and with all stakeholders) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>expert organisations (SIC’s, …) on European and national level </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to develop preventive and awareness raising activities for sexual abuse and exploitation online & offline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COORDINATE : importance of networks to share best practices,… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU should continue to coordinate : INHOPE & INSAFE </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. EUCPN expert conference in Dec 2011 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Ministerial conference in Hungary in May 2011 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. 5. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>EU should collaborate and finetune better between DG’s (HOME, JUSTICE, INFSO) in order to improve consistency and coherence in policy towards Member States </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Contact <ul><li>Contact – Child Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Houba de Strooperlaan, 292 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1020 Brussels </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Kristine Kloeck , CEO Child Focus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ellen Stassart, Chief Officer sexual exploitation & e-safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>

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