CEPOL’s latest Training Needs Analysis on Child Sexual Exploitation is out now!

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Operational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) on Child Sexual Exploitation
26 July 2021

The EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) has published its latest Operational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) on Child Sexual Exploitation. This report provides EU and Member States law enforcement academies and training institutions a comprehensive picture on operational level training priorities for law enforcement officials in Member States, including police, border guards, migration authorities, customs, and others.

The analysis is based on the responses of 58 law enforcement agencies and EU structures representing a total of 12 801 law enforcement officials. The key findings show that the topics of Victim identification; Combating online violence, distant child abuse and live streaming; Open-Source Intelligence & social media analysis; and Darknet should be given highest priority when designing training activities.

As the European Union is founded on the strong commitment towards human rights, the report also emphasizes that the topic of fundamental rights, and in particular children’s rights should be taken into consideration when designing the training portfolios, especially since Child Sexual Exploitation concerns one of the most vulnerable groups in society.

The outcomes of the research will be used to define CEPOL’s training portfolio in CSE for 2022 with the development of specific training products on the prevention and investigation of Child Sexual Exploitation for the European Union. The full report can be downloaded here.


What is behind the OTNA approach?

The CEPOL Regulation mandates the Agency to incorporate training needs assessments and analysis in its planning. CEPOL completed the EU Strategic Training Needs Assessment (EU-STNA) in 2018, identifying strategic level training priorities for law enforcement officials across Europe for the period 2018-2021. In order to analyse the particular training needs in more details, CEPOL is conducting the OTNAs.

The OTNA methodology is a structured training needs analysis procedure, which takes into consideration the deliverables of the EU-STNA process. CEPOL designs its multiannual training portfolio building on the outcomes of the OTNAs, which provide a detailed understanding of the number and profile of officials to be trained, as well as on the proficiency and urgency level of training to be delivered.

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