International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children & Child Helpline International

Implementing the Model National Response Collaborative Approach to Combat Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Five Countries

With support from the Fund, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is teaming up with Child Helpline International to promote enhanced, end-to-end support for children who have experienced online child sexual exploitation and abuse. In five countries – Jordan, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines and Tanzania – the two organisations are working with local partners to conduct needs assessments, identify existing programs and agencies working toward online safety, and convene trainings with relevant agencies to improve children’s protection online. To do so, the project is modelling its interventions on the Model National Response approach, which was created by the WePROTECT Global Alliance. This approach helps countries build their response to online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

In addition, the project is creating eLearning modules, which will ensure continuous learning for everyone, everywhere, within the target countries. Importantly, the project is also improving the services of child helplines in each country, ensuring individuals working at helpline agencies are equipped to deal with online child sexual exploitation and abuse issues and are able to provide proper referrals to authorities and care centres.