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Unicef statement on the report of the independent review on sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the Central African Republic

NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – “We are reviewing the Independent Panel’s Report, especially references to those instances where UNICEF failed to implement its policy on responding to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, in order to draw practical lessons for the future.

“We, of course, deeply regret those failures, including in not adequately following up on the children’s wellbeing.

“Already we have instituted a new system of reporting within UNICEF to improve internal oversight of our response to reports of abuse. We are also instituting a new process to require more formal and systematic reporting by implementing partners on the support they are providing to child sexual abuse victims – with periodic follow up by UNICEF regarding that support.”


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