The end of our Advocate, Collaborate, and Train to End Violence Against Children (ACT to EVAC) project!

In December 2020, our Advocate, Collaborate & Train to End Violence Against Children (ACT to EVAC) project officially came to an end. We partnered with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) to protect and support victims and survivors of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Our 27-month programme, which ran from March 2018 to December 2020, implemented the WePROTECT Global Alliance Model National Response. It helped child helplines in five focus countries (Tanzania, Peru, Philippines, Kenya, and Jordan) build and deliver a coordinated response to tackling online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA). This is a multi-discipline approach that mobilises law enforcement, medical practitioners, and child helplines (together with other child-service professionals) to identify, prevent and respond to OCSEA

This programme worked work with child helplines in five target countries which had:

  • Signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
  • Actively engaged in combating OCSEA issues;
  • A national legal framework in place to address OCSEA;
  • Expressed an interest in receiving resources and training to better respond to OCSEA.

Child Helpline International and ICMEC shared milestones over the project, and each organisation also reported its own. In 2018 and 2019, Child Helpline International identified its milestones as the kick-off meetings in Kenya and Tanzania, and trainings with Childline Kenya, Teléfono ANAR Perú, Tanzania National Child Helpline (C-SEMA Tanzania), JRF 110 Helpline (Jordan River Foundation), and Bantay Bata 163 (ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.). 

In 2020, we launched an eLearning module and accompanying handbook for child helpline counsellors. In total, 19 trainings were provided under this project. Together in 2020, we facilitated a roundtable discussion together with ICMEC in Tanzania and launched our Technical Guidance Resource on Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse ( targeting stakeholders in the project’s focus countries), resulting from various trainings and round table discussions.

 In total, there were 2132 participants during the trainings and round table discussions in person and virtually due to Covid-19. In addition to the training, there were roundtable discussions in 2019 in Kenya, Peru, Jordan, Philippines, and Tanzania on enhancing the national stakeholder collaboration in specific regions to OCSEA. 

This important programme would not have been possible without the financial support provided by the Fund to End Violence Against Children. We would also like to celebrate our relationship with ICMEC and look forward to future collaboration