Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education, CSAPE 2022–2024 project

Every child has a right to grow in a safe environment and every child has a right to enjoy the best possible health, which includes well-balanced sexual health.

To acquire well-balanced sexual health, children need evidence-based sexual education already from early childhood. Sexual education that is started early supports the child’s development and provides the child with information and skills to better protect themselves and other children.

In addition, with appropriate sexual education it is possible to support young people who have sexual thoughts about children. These are the themes the CSAPE 2022-2024 project will focus on during the two-year project period. 

The general objective of the CSAPE 2022–2024 project is to prevent child sexual abuse.
The aim of the project is to:

  1. Ensure that children have the skills and knowledge to express their own sexuality in an age appropriate and safe manner and to protect themselves from child sexual abuse. 
  2. Lower the threshold for a young person to speak openly about their sexual interest in children with a safe professional, open the possibility to seek help, and thereby making it possible for the young person to live a good life without harming themselves or other children. 
  3. Promote early intervention and help seeking among young people who have a sexual interest in children. 

Material and training packages are developed during the project. A sexual education training package for professionals working with children (5- to 11-year-olds) is developed.

In addition, information and a training package for professionals is developed about young people who have a sexual interest in children.

The aim of the materials developed is to increase the knowledge on the phenomenon and lower the threshold to discuss these topics with children and young people in a sensitive manner. Material is also developed for young people and parents.


CSAPE is funded by the EU’s Internal Security Fund (ISF). It is a two-year (2022-2024) project that is conducted in collaboration with five European countries. Save the Children Finland is the coordinator of the project, and participants are Iceland (Barnaheill – Save the Children Island), Albania (Save the Children Albania), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Save the Children International, implementing department Save the Children North Western Balkan), and Greece (KMOP, Social Action and Innovation Centre). 

EU’s Internal Security Fund (ISF) will contribute to reach a high level of security in the EU, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism, radicalisation, serious and organised crime and cybercrime, by assisting and protecting victims of crime, and by preparing for, protecting against and effectively managing security-related incidents, risks and crises.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Project: 10ISF-2021-TF1-AG-CYBER1083832 — CSAPE 2022-2024 —, Ref. Ares(2022)8611770 – 12/12/2022


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Tanja Simola

Development Manager

Heidi Näppi

Project Manager, CSAPE-project

Elina Pitkäranta

Communications Specialist