The purpose of the online workshop was to build capacity of the different stake holders to combat the phenomena, to collect good practices on prevention methods and to gain recommendations for building legislation criminalizing the possessing of child abusive material, as well as to enhance cross dimensional cooperation and information sharing.
The workshop was organised by the Strategic Police Matters Unit with the support of the Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in response to the Ministerial Council Decision No. 9/07 on Combating sexual exploitation of children on the internet. It complemented the Expert Conference on Improving Law Enforcement's Response to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Internet that took place on 20 and 21 September 2007 and the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on combating the sexual exploitation of children (18 and 19 October 2007).
In the view of the sensitivity of the topics of the workshop, participation of experts, who are directly involved in the activities of combating child exploitation on the internet was expected.
The majority of the participants received their invitations through the official channels from their delegations to the OSCE. Those experts, who have not been invited, could also apply, but only after they got approval from their main national law enforcement agency with notification of the delegation to the OSCE.