National Plan for the Prevention and Combating of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of children
This National Plan, which is the second adopted since the law was enacted, is the result of a broadly participatory process in which all the members of the Observatory for the fight against paedophilia and child pornography have been involved, and which has also involved a representation of girls and boys who, in implementation of their right to be heard, enshrined in Article 12 of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of Children and Adolescents, have provided valuable indications that are useful for the definition of the priorities for action identified in the Plan.
The National Plan is the policy instrument that identifies the objectives and actions that institutions and civil society are called upon to carry out in order to ensure effective and tangible prevention and combating of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Pursuant to the Regulation establishing the Observatory, the Plan is an integral part of the Action Plan for Children and Adolescents, prepared by the National Observatory for Children and Adolescents, so its specific contents are based on the actions and guidelines contained in the Action Plan for Children and Adolescents or otherwise shared during the work and discussion of the National Observatory for Children and Adolescents.
To this end, the preparation of the new National Plan by the Observatory for the fight against paedophilia and child pornography took into primary account the indications of the 5th National Plan of Action and interventions for the protection of the rights and development of persons of developing age, approved on 21 May 2021 by the National Observatory for Children and Adolescents.
The connection with the 5th National Plan was first achieved through a similar version of the lines of intervention.
In particular, the new National Plan for the Prevention and Combating of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Minors – generally oriented to the implementation of functional interventions to respond to the objectives related to the so-called "three Ps" (prevention, protection, promotion) – consists of strategic objectives in policies and implementation interventions to be implemented in the following areas and perspectives referring to the so-called "three Es" (education, equity, empowerment), in a functional way to protect children from the phenomena of sexual abuse and exploitation.