World Day for the Prevention of and healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence

18th November 2022

The 18th of November is a day which is associated with the protection of children from all forms of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. All children have the right to live a life free from such abuse, which may have long lasting effects on them.


In 2015, the Council of Europe declared this day as the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. As of 2022, the United Nations General Assembly has declared the 18th of November as the World Day for the prevention of and healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence.


This day reminds all those working in the best interests of children to renew their commitment to prevent and eliminate child sexual exploitation, abuse and violence, both online and offline. This can be done through the provision of quality education and awareness raising. Children should, from an early age, be taught about what kind of behaviour can lead to abuse.


The majority of child sexual abuse occurs in the child’s circle of trust. When the abuse is carried out by a person they know, trust and even love, it is very difficult for children to disclose such abuse. It is important to hold perpetrators to account as well as to provide the necessary protection and support for children to prevent stigmatization, promote their healing, affirm their dignity and protect their rights.

The Office of the Commissioner for Children emphasises the importance of adults supporting children to report such abuse. Whoever is aware of any abuse being perpetrated against children, should report it. This can be done by calling supportline 179. Online sexual abuse can be reported through the hotline