Child Sexual Abuse is a violent crime against humanity which leaves victims lost-lasting mental and physical effects. It also violates human rights and international laws and agreements e.g., UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Regionally, the Declaration on the Protection of Children from all Forms of Online Exploitation and Abuse in ASEAN suggests the enhancement of law enforcement, capacity building of frontline officers in judiciary and juristic process. Besides that, the information and best-practices sharing, and collectively learning is also a strategy to improve the capacity of the officers who work in the field.
Law enforcement officials are frontline officers when tackling child sexual exploitation. They play an important role in rescuing victims and coordinating with relevant agency to ensure that the victims are protected in every aspect. Thus, the successful and efficient methods when dealing with child sexual exploitation is working in multi-disciplinary team.
Currently, it is found that the child victims struggle to access to justice systems, especially when the exploitation takes place online. Approximately 400,000 children of 12-17-yeared-old were victim of online sexual exploitation and abuse. Only did 1-3 percent of them went, however, to the police.
The objectives of this training are therefore:
1. To give the insight of current situation on child sexual exploitation and best practices
2. To widen the network of frontline officers from government and private sectors who work in multi-disciplinary team
3. To collectively share information among frontline officers
4. To elevate the working process when dealing with child victims in order to meet international standards