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The Council of Europe adopted Strategy for the Rights of the Child, 15 February 2012

Strasbourg - The Committee of Ministers adopted at its 1134th Meeting, on 15 February 2012, a new Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015). The aim of the strategy is to implement fundamental standards to protect and promote children’s rights. It will provide guidance, advice and support to its 47 member states on how best to bridge gaps between standards and practice.

The objectives of the Strategy are: to promote child-friendly services and systems (in the areas of justice, health and social services); to eliminate all forms of violence against children (including sexual violence, trafficking, corporal punishment and violence in schools); to guarantee the rights of children in vulnerable situations (such as those with disabilities, in detention, in alternative care, migrant or Roma children); and to promoting child participation.

According to the Strategy, the Council of Europe will, in order to raise awareness on sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, decide upon a European Day on the fight against Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children, which was a proposal of Slovenia.

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