Sexual violence against children and youth, among other forms of violence, presents a highly relevant social problem. Preventative efforts in institutional protection concepts are among the most important measures for combating sexual violence against youth and children.

Monitoring the Status of Prevention Activities Concerning Sexual Violence against Children and Adolescents in Germany is contracted by the Unabhängiger Beauftragter für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs (the federal government’s Independent Expert for Child Sexual Abuse Issues) to systematically address the introduction and implementation of protection concepts in institutions and organizations against the backdrop of the 2011 “Guidelines for Prevention and Intervention including Long Term Reappraisal and Initiation of Changes after Sexual Violence by Employees in Institutions”.

The overall objectives of the project are the support of continued development of institutions and organizations as safe spaces (protection from sexual violence within the institution) as well as competent spaces (institutions and organizations as competent contacts for children and youth who have experienced sexual violence inside or outside the institution). This will be actualized under additional tools of analysis and the preparation of positive examples, such as the activating nature of the research methods.

Furthermore the first 2 monitoring waves (2012/2013) will be continued and refined, in order to highlight progress in the expansion of prevention and intervention methods.

In the year 2010, a Round Table on the Sexual Abuse of Children in Relationships of Dependence and Power in Private and Public Institutions and within the Family Environment was established in response to public awareness of several cases of sexual violence against children and adolescents.

Including both practitioners' and researchers' expertise, they developed and formulated guidelines for prevention, intervention and accounting for past cases.

A high-level societal consensus between politics and practitioners was built, aiming to spread the protection concepts and prevention strategies throughout all institutions and areas of society that take care of children and adolescents.

This impulse was picked up by the Independent Expert for Child Sexual Abuse Issues, who worked on agreements with umbrella organisations representing institutions entrusted with the care of children and adolescents.

The monitoring project addresses the implementation status of the final recommendations from the 2010 Round Table on the Sexual Abuse of Children. It focuses on the fields of education, health, religious life, and child and youth work. Within these 4 overarching fields, 15 spheres of activity are addressed. (See image)

The results obtained in the context of the quantitative surveys will be compared with results from the previous monitoring (2012/2013), giving insight in evolution and progress concerning the development and implementation of prevention activities.The quantitative surveys in the areas of education and health are performed by the SOKO Institute acting as a subcontractor.

As an alteration to the previous monitoring cycle, initial assessments of effectiveness will be addressed in the qualitative portion of the monitoring cycle. This qualitative addition will contribute to assessments of practitioner’s opinions on effectiveness, while adolescent perspectives will be collected by means of a newly established online self-evaluation tool for institutions.

Contrary to the previous monitoring, a first step towards the question of effectiveness will be taken in the qualitative part of research. Therefore, on the one hand, practitioners' opinions on effectiveness will be assessed, while on the other hand also the adolescents' perspectives will be heard by establishing an online self-evaluation tool for institutions.

The results of this project will serve as a source for practical, political, and scientific recommendations. In addition to the monitoring project, the DJI also runs three projects supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) dealing with sexual violence against children and adolescents in educational environments: Kultur des Hinhörens (Culture of Listening), Prävention von Reviktimisierung bei sexuell missbrauchten Jugendlichen in Fremdunterbringung (Preventing Revictimisation of Sexually Abused Adolescents in Out-of-Home Care), and Wissen von Schülerinnen und Schülern über sexuelle Gewalt in pädagogischen Kontexten (Schoolchildren's Knowledge about Sexual Violence in Educational Environments). Their findings will also be included in the overall results and recommendations, together with findings from other relevant studies and an additional DJI-run project, Wirkungen des  Bundeskinderschutzgesetzes - Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen, examining the effects of the Federal Child Protection Act.

Ultimately, the results shall provide a foundation for enhancing current child protection measures, thus strengthening children's and adolescents' rights in institutions.

Contact

+49 89 62306-302
Deutsches Jugendinstitut
Nockherstr. 2
81541 Munich

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