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NCJ Number: 195563 Find in a Library
Title: Theme Paper for the Second World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Prevention, Protection and Recovery
Author(s): Jane Warburton
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: ECPAT International Resource Ctr
Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Sale Source: ECPAT International Resource Ctr
328 Phayathai Road
Ratchathewi Bangkok 10400,
Document: PDF
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document evaluates and makes recommendations for programs designed to counter the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Abstract: There has been a substantial increase in activities designed to counter a potential increase in the incidence of child sexual abuse, and its negative impact on children and young people. Interventions have increased through specific targeted projects and through an increased recognition that sexually abused and exploited children are frequently the same children who are facing other difficulties, such as displacement, living on the streets, and hazardous labor. An approach that incorporates interventions into programs for the multiply disadvantaged group is a positive way to enhance access to services and reduce the segregation experienced by abused and exploited children. Opportunities for reaching children at risk or experiencing sexual abuse are still being underused, especially through organizations addressing the threat and impact of HIV/AIDS and drug addiction. Many services choose to adopt a holistic approach rather than highlighting on the particular needs of sexually exploited children. They operate in ways that are consistent with key principles and approaches for working with all children, such as work based on children’s rights, reducing isolation, and supporting alternative survival strategies that allow children to exit the sex trade. The lack of evidence on the level of positive change for children and young people is the result of a shortage of program and project evaluation. The expansion of prevention, protection, and recovery measures should be based on transferring good practices and positively learning from mistakes. Evaluation is critical. It is possible to generate certain practice standards against which projects’ performance can be reviewed. Standards, practice guidance, children and young people’s views, plus evidence from research are proposed. Some of the proposed standards are services that promote children’s rights, give priority to children in all interventions, provide access to services reflecting different needs, and confer respect, dignity, and acceptance. Multi-disciplinary and integrated approaches include building on the strengths of children, families, and communities, and promoting awareness and advocacy. 130 endnotes
Main Term(s): Child abuse situation remedies; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Crimes against children; Juvenile prostitution; Sex offenses; Sexually abused adolescents; Statutory rape
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