Enhancing collaboration to tackle OCSEA in Tanzania

In February, Child Helpline International, alongside our Tanzanian child helpline member C-Sema and other partners, supported the organisation of a roundtable discussion in the country’s capital, Dar es Salaam. The aim of this meeting was to share ideas and experiences on preventing and responding to online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA). As part of Child Helpline International’s ACT to EVAC programme, the discussion posed an exciting opportunity to explore the current efforts being undertaken by a variety of professionals and stakeholder groups inside and outside of Tanzania, with the aim to deepen collaborations and build capacity to strengthen child protection communities.

The workshop, which was organised by Child Helpline International, UNICEF Tanzania, ICMEC, C-Sema and the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), provided stakeholders and partners, such as INHOPE and the Fund to End Violence Against Children, the opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities to prevent OCSEA.

This discussion was founded on and guided by the WePROTECT Global Alliance’s ‘Model National Response’ framework. This focuses on coordinating multi-stakeholder responses and identifying the capabilities required across all sectors to combine an effective and coordinated national response to OCSEA.

With this in mind, this discussion was joined by the national child helpline, educators, INGOS, law enforcement teams and representatives from medical and technology sectors.  All were committed to working together, to exchange practices, experiences, theory and thoughts on how to approach the issue of online child sexual exploitation and abuse in Tanzania.

In closing, the summarised strategic action points suggested in the round table discussion were as follows:

1. Education and awareness on OCSEA
2. Technology support for police force
3. Establishing one stop centre for victims
4. Continued capacity building opportunities for C-Sema
5. Review of law and policies to include OCSEA
6. Research on OCSEA

 

We would like to thank the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) for their input into the agenda, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) for hosting the meeting at their head office, and also all participants, stakeholders and partners for their valuable input shared at this event.