Lanzarote Committee, belonging to the Council of Europe, granted “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center with the Observer Status. Lanzarote Committee was established in the framework of the Lanzarote Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and its primary aim is to monitor the Convention’s implementation in all member states.
Recognizing the efforts and the initiatives of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center for its efforts to combat sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, the Committee honored the Organisation by granting it the Observer Status. The international presence of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center in this field and the fact that was the official partner of Council of Europe for the implementation of the campaign "One in Five" in Cyprus, was crucial to this decision. Members of the Committee are the Council’s of Europe member states which are being represented by the relevant ministries. “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center was granted the Observer Status, after a voting process of the members. Four other Organisations from all over Europe were also granted this status: ECPAT, the non-governmental organization; eNACSO, a European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online; INHOPE Foundation, The International Association of Internet Hotlines; and the European Federation Missing Children Europe.
The Director-General of "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center, Mr. Joseph Varughese, declared that “the Commission's decision to grant us the role of observer is particularly pleasing, as this way the tireless and continuous efforts of the Organisation for the implementation and compliance with the Lanzarote Convention in Cyprus are now recognized in an institutional level”. He also added that, even with this title, the Organisation will continue working to provide a world free of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation for every child.