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Experts discuss protecting migrant children from sexual abuse

The Agency brought its experience from working in migration hotspots in Italy and Greece to a European Commission expert workshop on the implementation of the child sexual abuse directive with regards to migrant children.

FRA also drew on its Opinion on fundamental rights in the hotspots and its Handbook Guardianship for children deprived of parental care. The workshop discussed specific risks factors for child sexual exploitation of migrant children in reception, transit and destination countries. It also covered how Member States can better ensure the protection of unaccompanied children from sexual abuse with examples of good practices. Participants included representatives from the European Commission, the EU’s Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, EU member states in the field of law enforcement and child protection, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, UN bodies such as UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF, and the Council of Europe. The event took place in Brussels on 17 January.