Online webinar: Grooming of Children for Sexual Purposes—Global Challenge and Legal Response

Launch Webinar of the

Child Law International Alliance (CLIA)

in association with

 Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center (BCLARC)

[July 28th]

[15:00 Beijing, GMT+8 /9:00 CEST]

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Background of the Webinar

As information and communication technology (ICT) evolves, online child sexual exploitation and abuse has become an accelerating threat to the safety of children and raised global concerns over the past decades. One nascent problem is grooming of children for sexual purposes facilitated by ICT, especially in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Grooming victimizes numerous children, posing them at direct risk for sexual abuse and exploitation. Research shows that at least 63 countries have promulgated legislation regarding online grooming of children. However, grooming has not been addressed by law in many other countries. Legislative vacuum can be partly attributed to lack of public awareness. The concept of grooming remains unknown to the public, even to practitioners and scholars specializing in child law and penal law.

This webinar will introduce some of the best experience in combating online child sexual exploitation and abuse and raise awareness of legislative response and other preventive measures to the emerging challenge of grooming for sexual purposes.


Opening Address

Lihua Tong President of Child Law International Alliance and Director of Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center 5 min
Catherine Mbengue Board member of Child Law International Alliance 5 min

Panel Discussion


Shuaishuai Niu(Anna) Fellow Researcher of Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center 10 min
Khemachart Prakyhongmanee Deputy Director of Department of Special Investigation, Thailand 10 min
Georgi Apostolov Coordinator of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) 10 min
Rangsima Deesawade (Ying) Regional Coordinator for East and Southeast Asia, ECPAT International 10 min
Wenying, Su Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF China 10 min
Joy Katunge Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Legal Officer at Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children 10 min
Xiaoyuan Shang Professor of Beijing Normal University, and Associate Professor of the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Australia 10 min


Yue Zhao Fellow Researcher of Child Law International Alliance


All the participants of the webinar will be invited to provide their contribution during the Q&A session.

Please join us!

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