Children online: Internet, cyber-crime and sexual abuse online

Breakfast Debate


‘Child sexual abuse and exploitation are violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified by all EU member states) with devastating implications on the health and development of the abused child. 

While International law sets high standards for protection of children against sexual abuse, national law, justice and protection systems can fail to protect children adequately. Research shows that sexual abuse of girls and boys takes place in all settings – in home, at school, in the community, in institutions and in work places – and in all parts of the world, including Europe. Under Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the “best interest of the child” must be the central principle in all legal instruments protecting children’s rights, including the legislation to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation and child abuse images. Therefore, the EU has an obligation to determine the impact of all relevant measures on children’s rights.’

From NGO Position Paper: Draft Directive on combating the Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child Pornography (23/09/2010).

In the online world new measures and legislation are being set in place to prevent Internet, cyber-crime and sexual abuse online. This EIF debate will gather experts to exchange views on the state of play and on the challenges that lie ahead of policy-makers.

programme - 27/04/2016

Welcome and introduction:

Nathalie Griesbeck, MEP and EIF Member


Cathal Delaney, Team leader for Child Sexual Abuse at Europol's Cybercrime Centre

Delphine Moralis, Secretary General, Missing Children Europe

Verónica Donoso, Executive Director, INHOPE

Exchange of views with participants

(under the Chatham House rule)

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