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Protect Children trains Maltese lawyers and judges on the prevention of sexual violence against children

Updated: Jun 11


Our Deputy Director, Legal Specialist Anna Ovaska shares her experience chairing and presenting at a two-day Academy of European Law event in Malta.

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I recently had the honor of chairing and presenting at a two-day training event aimed at Maltese judges and lawyers to effectively prevent sexual violence against children. Alongside renowned experts in child protection and criminal justice, we delved into the effective prevention of violence against children, and the rights of child victims and survivors in criminal proceedings. I focused on the Council of Europe's Lanzarote Convention and the obligations it places on States Parties. Furthermore, I also spoke about the increasing threat internet facilitated crimes of sexual violence against children.

I am grateful for the commitment demonstrated by Maltese judges and lawyers in staying informed about evolving challenges in child protection, reflecting a dedication to justice that prioritizes the well-being and rights of children everywhere. The training covered practical steps to further implement the Lanzarote Convention within Malta's legal framework, and best practices to ensure child-friendly justice.

A critical aspect of my lecture focused on language and appropriate terminology, urging professionals to adopt terms that are sensitive to the experiences of child victims and that accurately represent the violence they have endured. Recognizing the significant impact of language and the role it plays in shaping our reality, many participants came up to me and showed their support for the use of accurate terminology. 

Chairing this event was a meaningful step toward creating a safer environment for Maltese children, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing dedication of our legal community in this crucial mission. Thank you so much Academy of European Law and Jean-Philippe Rageade for organizing such a successful event, and for having me!

Anna Ovaska Deputy Director, Legal Specialist


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