The ACT to EVAC initiative heads to Peru

On 20 – 21 March, Telé fono ANAR Perú  hosted the second training of the ACT to EVAC initiative – a programme that has been made possible through partnership between Child Helpline International and the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). Peru is but one of the five focus countries of ACT to EVAC, the other four include Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan and the Philippines.

Taking a multidisciplinary, culturally appropriate and victim-centered approach, the two-day training programme brought together law enforcement professionals, medical professionals, educators and child helpline counsellors through four concurrent training programmes. All four trainings focused on the theme of better responding to survivors of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSEA). United by our goal to tackle online CSEA, Telé fono ANAR Peru’s unique training programme was supported by Child Helpline International members Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) from Costa Rica, Fonoinfancia from Chile, as well as the Peruvian Public Prosecutor’s Office’s Human Trafficking Unit. With each training being tailored to the needs of each helpline, the Telé fono ANAR Peru training largely focused on:

  • A context analysis of online CSEA in Peru;
  • Legal mechanisms available;
  • Information technologies at play in Peru;
  • Intervention strategies;
  • Re-socialisation techniques.

The training aimed to build upon the extremely valuable work that these helplines already do to handle online CSEA cases. Participants agreed that the programme provided an important opportunity for the supporting child helplines to exchange knowledge and experiences of online CSEA. Models of interdisciplinary intervention, practices of self-care for professionals and internal communication strategies were amongst the topics discussed and how these learnings might be best implemented into the daily work of the child helplines was also considered. We are grateful to Telé fono ANAR Peru for hosting this ACT to EVAC training. The next ACT to EVAC training will take place in Tanzania, where we will be hosted by our member C-SEMA. Later in the year, the ACT to EVAC initiative will also head to Jordan with the Jordan River Foundation and to the Philippines with Bantay Bata 163 to deliver similar training programmes in a bid to enhance their comprehensive national responses to online CSEA.