So This is Sexual Abuse: A Child Friendly Booklet

Eurochild members Hintalovon have produced a child-friendly booklet on identifying and acting on sexual abuse.

On behalf of the Council of Europe, a booklet on sexual abuse and exploitation has been produced for teenagers entitled 'So this is Sexual Abuse?'.

The child-friendly version of the Lanzarote Convention was prepared by the Hintalovon Child Rights Foundation with child participation. It provides insight into the stories of several young people. Their conversations reveal what constitutes abuse, what happens when someone commits a crime, and what can be done in the event of abuse. The scenes give children an idea of who to turn to for help and confirm that they can talk about sexuality and their feelings.  

The main message of the publication is that children are not alone when they have questions. Whether they are concerned about certain behaviours, have questions about their right to say no or what to do when sexually explicit pictures or images are shared online, the aim of the booklet is to provide some useful advice and information to children and adults in order to access support to deal with these questions. The booklet provides insight into the stories of several young people and raises awareness about the substantive and procedural provisions of the Lanzarote Convention in an accessible way.

The booklet is available in English and Hungarian, and other language versions will follow shortly.  

The booklet, as well as a background paper on the child participation used whilst developing the booklet, can be found here.

Related Resources

20 June 2023

EU Child Guarantee Game and child-friendly explainer

As part of the Reaching In Initiative, Eurochild, the University of Central Lancashire and Fundació Privada Pere Closa released an accessible and child-friendly explainer of the Child Guarantee which features…
read more
23 February 2022

Working in partnership with children and young people on the move: strategies and tools for meaningful participation

The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) and Destination Unknown, a network of organisations and young people led by Terre des Hommes campaigning for the rights of children…
read more
15 February 2022

How to create a child-friendly version of written documents

The European Commission recently published a guide, highlighting the need for child-friendly versions of documents and providing clear and simple recommendations on how to translate a document in a child-friendly…
read more