The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse or the so-called "Lanzarote Convention" adopted by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in 2007 is a multilateral treaty that leads signatory states to criminalise certain acts of sexual abuse against children.

The text incorporates the main principles set out in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and those arising from its 2000 Second Optional Protocol, but goes even further by imposing several provisions. Indeed, States are required to take the necessary measures to prevent sexual abuse of children, to protect child victims and to penalize perpetrators. 

According to the text, this is done in different ways:

  • Better criminal instruments
  • International cooperation
  • Coordination of actions at national level
  • Systematic preventive measures, such as supervision of offenders and training of employees or volunteers working with children

Sexual abuse of children using new technologies is also addressed in this Convention.

The Convention's text in PDF format 



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