A new environment in the field of policing child sexual abuse has been set up, following the European Union Directive 39/2011 and Council of Europe’s 2007 “Lanzarote” Convention on child sexual abuse, exploitation and child pornography, as well as other European Instruments on Victim Rights.  Police organizations are called to adapt to this new, demanding and challenging environment, which among others, is intermingled with facets of the use of new technologies.    

In the context of this emerging environment and in line with the National Strategy and subsequent Action Plan on Child Sexual Abuse, Cyprus Police in partnership with other competent Agencies have proceeded with novel tactics and structures to tackle child sexual abuse. 

This year, in an attempt to further contribute to the understanding and enhancement of tackling child sexual abuse, Cyprus Police organises its 4th international police conference, on the topic of “International and European Approaches in Combating Child Sexual Abuse: a Focus on a Multi-Agency Coordinated Interventions”.   The conference will take place on the 13th and 14th of June 2019, at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia and is under the auspices, of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiades.  

This Conference is expected to amalgamate practice and theory by bringing together key speakers from both strands of domains; that is, academia and operational entities.   Key note speakers will include leading members of International and European organizations, such as the F.B.I., EUROPOL, CEPOL, and others, heads of services from the European Commission and the Council of Europe, as well as practitioners, distinguished academics and researchers who have expertise in the area of child sexual abuse. 

The robust scientific and operational agenda of this conference will enable discussions, networking and exchange of knowledge, from multiple disciplines, thus enabling all professionals to further address this appalling phenomenon holistically.

 

 

Kypros Michaelides
Chief of Cyprus Police