Towards an ASEAN Platform Against Child Abuse (APACA): National Inception Workshop Thailand
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Henning Glaser, Director, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
Karl-Peter Schönfisch, Director, Laos/Thailand Office, Hanns Seidel Foundation
As a follow up to the successful international conference “Combating Child Pornography in Southeast Asia – Strategies, Challenges and Regional Cooperation”, held on 10 and 11 November 2016 (see COM 6, 2016), CPG in cooperation with Hanns Seidel Foundation arranged the “Towards an ASEAN Platform Against Child Abuse (APACA): National Inception Workshop Thailand” on 8 December 2016 at Windsor Suites Hotel Bangkok.
The workshop provided a forum for an exchange of experiences and best practices of combating child abuse in Thailand among experts from involved state agencies, international organizations and civil society institutions. Among the participants were representatives of the National Council for Youth and Children Development, the Department of Special Investigation, ECPAT International, Friends International, World Vision, the Human Development Foundation, Duang Prateep Foundation, and the Lawyers Council of Thailand. In the open discussion, the participants identified the most urgent challenges to their work for the protection of children against child abuse and suggested several ideas for a possible improvement of their work, among them the involvement of the tourism industry in a system of effective reporting of child abuse cases in hotels and the establishing an online platform as a channel for sharing expertise and information among the stakeholders.