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Ensuring children’s healthy development in a violence free society is a shared responsibility between families and social institutions. As stated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, policy-makers, strategic stake-holders and other duty-bearers must ensure that effective support is given to families in order to ensure that children thrive and develop their full potential. When this is not possible within the family, public authorities must provide effective protective measures to ensure the children’s wellbeing.

Despite child sexual abuse affects a large number of children across Europe it remains a taboo and it is a silenced problem in our society.

The project “Breaking the Silence Together” provides a prevention program with a community-based approach that seeks to engage all target groups concerned in preventing and protecting from child sexual abuse. Even though its implementation takes place mainly in school settings, it aims to articulate a coordinated response, to which all the community services related to children’s wellbeing can contribute effectively.

Besides, the project offers specific materials to raise awareness on the reality of child sexual abuse to introduce this subject in the strategic planning and development of child care services and programs.

PUBLICATION – this page will include:

  • various links per country – In various European countries you will find various policies, laws and regulations on child sexual abuse
  • Community prevention program
  • Teacher manual
  • Pedagogical and training toolkit for students and families
  • Awareness raising kit


Below this text you can download the presentation of the director general of the Dutch Ministry of Education, both in word and pdf format.


The program aims to strengthen schools’ capacities to prevent and protect children from child sexual abuse.


The awareness raising kits will raise consciousness on child sexual abuse. It will help children, families, educators and policy makers to understand the issue and know about the high prevalence.

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