Information on sexual violence against children

On this page, we have compiled information on child sexual abuse. Adults and professionals working with children should be aware of child sexual abuse and how to recognise it. In the menu below, you will find information about the phenomenon by topic:

Child sexual abuse

Information about sexual violence against children. What it is? How can it be addressed?

Child sexual abuse materials

Information about child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and its effects on children.

Solicitation of children for sexual purposes (grooming)

What is”grooming”? What does solicitation of children for sexual purposes look like?

Sexual harassment online

Sexual harassment violates a person’s mental or physical integrity. How can it appear online?

Human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation

Human trafficking is always a serious crime and a violation of human rights. Trafficking in children refers to the recruitment, transport, transfer, concealing or receipt of a child for the purpose of obtaining financial or other benefits. Read more about human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation by clicking the link.

Despite their obligation to maintain secrecy, professionals must inform the child welfare services and the police if they suspect that a child has been subjected to sexual abuse. A child welfare notification must always be filed when there is any concern about a child.

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