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REPORT URGES PAN-EUROPEAN ACTION AGAINST CHILD ABUSE

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Leading local and regional council leaders are today considering a series of proposals for preventing child abuse a...
Leading local and regional council leaders are today considering a series of proposals for preventing child abuse across Europe.

A report, prepared by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, on behalf of the Local Government International Bureau, urges greater co-operation across the European Union on child abuse issues. Among its points are the need for a reference to children in the amended EU Treaty, the importance of a European Missing Children's Register, and the extension of the proposed UK Register of Convicted Sex Offenders to other member states.

With increasing concerns about paedophile activity across Europe, the proposals show the need for cross-border co-operation, while still recognising national diversity.

The report will be presented today to the European Committee of the Regions.

Baroness Josie Farrington, chair of its education and training committee, said: 'I feel this report continues our efforts to make definite and positive moves to benefit the lives of the 120 million children of Europe. There is a real danger that our young people will be at risk without definite action'.
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