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The Role of Child Helplines in Protecting Children in Europe Against Sexual Exploitation & Abuse

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Prevention, Detection and Victim Support

Position Paper and Child Helpline Data – April 2023

It needs to be easier for children and adults to report child sexual exploitation and abuse, and access to trauma-informed, child-friendly, high-quality support for victims must be improved. It also needs to be easier for law enforcement to detect, investigate and prosecute perpetrators of these crimes.

This Position Paper provides an insight into data around how and why children who are victims and survivors of sexual abuse currently access support from our member child helplines. It explores how child helplines fit into the collective response to prevent and protect children from sexual abuse, and what actions needs to be taken to further promote safe disclosure and access to trauma-informed support for children.