Creating the right conditions for reporting and successfully prosecuting child sexual abuse

Parliamentarians will meet in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 13 May 2014 to discuss how to create the right conditions for reporting and successfully prosecuting child sexual abuse cases.

The discussions will be held in the framework of the 18th meeting of the Network of Contact Parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children, which is linked to the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE campaign.

The meeting – co-organised with the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus – will bring together Cypriot and international experts to discuss reporting systems for child sexual abuse cases and child-friendly judicial proceedings in such cases. The keynote speech will be held by George Theofanous, the Goodwill Ambassador of the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign.

A round table discussion with senior officials from various Cypriot institutions (Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Attorney General, Supreme Court, Police and the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family in Cyprus) will allow for an in-depth debate on achieving changes in mentality required to strengthen systems in place and to protect children more effectively from re-victimisation.

The Network meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the Committee of Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development on the day before, and followed, on the next day, by a meeting of the Steering Group related to the ONE in FIVE pilot project in Cyprus supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.