On 17 June, End Violence held its 10th Global Knowledge Exchange Webinar, which gathered 117 individuals from partner and grantee organisations around the world. This webinar, the third event held in 2020, focused on integrated, child-centred frameworks for investigation, rehabilitation and recovery for survivors of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
After hosting seven webinars to showcase best practices and lessons learned from different countries and grantees in years prior, in 2020, the webinars have focused on addressing the technical issues and capacity needs of the End Violence grantee community. At this event, four country models were showcased:
- The Barnahus model, which was originally adopted in the Nordic countries and is now used in multiple countries in Europe, presented by the Children’s Rights Division at the Council of Europe.
- Capital Humano y Social Alternativo presented the work of the Legal & Psychosocial Care and Guidance Center (CALP in Spanish), and best practices from Peru to avoid revictimisation and ensure inter-agency collaboration for online child sexual exploitation cases.
- The International Justice Mission (IJM) presented the survivor-centered inter-agency response model to online child sexual exploitation and abuse implemented by the organisation in the Philippines.
- The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) shared the United Kingdom's experience providing services for child victims of online child sexual exploitation while ensuring inter-agency communication and collaboration.
During the webinar, End Violence also provided updates from both the Partnership and the larger online space, including:
- The Technology Coalition launched Project Protect, a new initiative to end violence against children online. The project aims to develop the structure, membership models, and staffing needed to drive change and build a resource for the whole technology industry dedicated to preventing and eradicating online child sexual exploitation and abuse. End Violence will be the lead partner for the research arm of the Project Protect, which will focus on funding research to advance understanding of patterns of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
- The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, which calls upon the global community to address issues such as digital connectivity, digital inclusion, human rights, artificial intelligence, and trust and security, as well as digital cooperation mechanisms and models. For the first time, a document of this kind includes a specific call out to strengthen collaboration and invest more resources to end online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
- The Safe to Learn initiative released Reopening Schools Safely: Recommendations for building back better to end violence against children in and through schools, which provides governments with a set of priority actions to consider as part of their reopening plan to ensure safe and inclusive learning environments. Jordan, Jamaica and Lebanon recently signed the Safe to Learn Call to Action, taking the total number to 15 countries.
- And many more.
Going forward, the latest End Violence funding round – which is focusing on leveraging technologies to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse – is progressing well, and a new cohort of grantees will join the End Violence community soon. A public announcement will be made in the next several weeks.