The sexual exploitation and abuse of children is a widespread and multi-faceted issue. No Commonwealth country is immune to CSEA.
In order to determine whether, and the extent to which, children are currently adequately protected against CSEA throughout the Commonwealth, this report analyses the criminalisation of CSEA, gaps in prosecution of CSEA offences, gaps in protection of children and efforts made towards prevention of CSEA across 21 Commonwealth Member States from four regions (Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific). Whilst positive steps have been taken to address the issue across the Commonwealth, the CommonProtect report highlights considerable gaps in child protection laws and systems throughout the Commonwealth.
We are incredibly grateful to all partners who have made CommonProtect and this research possible. Together, we can build a Commonwealth where all children are protected from sexual exploitation and abuse.
Please follow the links below to download the CommonProtect Report and the Executive Summary.