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, as evidenced throughout our report, it is clear that more can be done to protect children from these forms of violence. We are incredibly grateful to all partners who have made CommonProtect and this research possible. We look forward to sharing the Report and Executive Summary with you soon.
Together, we can build a Commonwealth where all children are protected from sexual exploitation and abuse.