International Seminar: Sexual explotation against children

“Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. Unveiling a hidden reality, to train in its prevention and intervention”

29 September 2023


The registration deadline for the seminar is September 27th.

Seminar participants will receive a digital certificate as long as they have paid their registration fee and have effectively participated in the seminar. Those who also take part as a speaker will receive 2 certificates, as a participant and as a speaker.

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Deadline fot the submission of contributions: September 8th

Contributions to the congress may be presented in a later extended version that will be published in a thematic book by Editorial Grao (SPII Q1, number one in Education).

Provisional program

From the STOP Erasmus + project (KA220-VET-000088336), different European partners (UPV/EHU, Pistes Solidaries, MEITIS, CESIE, and Four Elements) want to tackle a complex and sometimes hidden phenomenon such as sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. There is no data on its reality, but we know it exists and must tackle it. For example, in France, a report has recently been published which informs us of the magnitude of the phenomenon: it is estimated that there are between 7 and 10,000 minors in this situation, an increase of 682% in six years, according to the Central Office for the Repression of Trafficking in Human Beings (OCRTEH).

The invisibility or quasi-invisibility of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, in politicians and public institutions, educators and social workers, higher education professionals in these professions, but also in families or young people themselves, means that no measures are taken to respond to it, and there is no training or methodologies for prevention and intervention. The consortium of professionals gathered in the STOP project wants to provide answers, make visible and improve the understanding of the phenomenon among social and socio-educational intervention professionals, and train to prevent and support minors in this situation.

In this context, this international seminar aims to be a space for reflection and dialogue between all the sectors involved that will allow us to build a shared diagnosis and reveal the dimension and characteristics of this phenomenon of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and other related phenomena such as child pornography or the trafficking of minors for these purposes, also of the measures and alternatives necessary to fight for its eradication in all areas. To this end, on 29 September 2023 in the Bizkaia Aretoa hall (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, in a bimodal format, we are organizing this seminar open to the entire political, academic, professional, and social community related to the subject.



  • To reflect from the different dimensions and agents on the current dimension and characteristics of the phenomenon of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents
  • To learn about the contribution of policies and actions in this field at a national and international level
  • To learn about national and international research and reflections on this field and lines of future work
  • To identify good local and international practices related to prevention and intervention in this field
  • To identify good local and international practices related to prevention and intervention in this field
  • To raise awareness of the European STOP Erasmus plus project


This International Seminar is aimed at politicians and public administration technicians, professionals from multiple disciplines: social educators, social workers, psychologists, health professionals, university teachers and students, family members, and social organizations working in prevention and support for sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

The Congress will be both face-to-face and online.


The organizers of this international seminar are the Faculty of Education of Bilbao (University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) and the STOP Erasmus Plus project (KA220-VET-000088336) with the collaboration of the KideON research group (UPV/EHU), the Ibero-American Society of Social Pedagogy and the MITIE organization (France).

Institutional collaboration. Provincial Council of Bizkaia and Basque Government


As is customary at international scientific events, we have an organizing and scientific committee of national and international experts.

Name and SurnameOrganización de Trabajo
Maitane Picaza (Director)University of the Basque Country
Israel Alonso (Director)University of the Basque Country
Nahia IdoiagaDept. of Developmental and Educational Psychology (UPV/EHU)
María DosilDep. Methods of research and diagnosis in education (UPV/EHU)
Itsaso BiotaUniversity of the Basque Country
Amaia EigurenDep. Methods of research and diagnosis in education (UPV/EHU)
Teresa LaespadaProvincial Council of Bizkaia
Carolina CañellasFacultat d’Educació Social i Treball Social Pere Tarrés
Belén Espejo VillarSalamanca University
Sara SerrateSalamanca University
Amelia TiganusEmargi
Selma FernándezFederación de Asociaciones para la Prevención del Maltrato Infantil, fapmi-ECPAT España
Beatriz Llorente MesaVicki Bernadet
Luisa Maria Gomez del AguilaSalamanca University
Karla VillaseñorAutonomous University of Puebla (Mexico)
Isaac RavetllatUniversity of Talca (Chile)
Judith SaavedraUniversity of Santiago de Chile
Marian AriasAskabide
Isabel BaptistaMember of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia
Almerindo Janela GonçalvesUniversidade do Minho
Ana VergaraUniversity of Santiago de Chile
Edgardo ToroUniversity of Santiago de Chile
Aziz EssadekUniversity of Lorraine
Rosa Valls CarolUniversity of Santiago de Chile
Francisco José del Pozo SerranoNational University of Distance Education
Encarna Bas PeñaUniversity of Murcia
Ignacia Arruabarrena MadariagaDepartment of Social Psychology.UPV/EHU
Noemí PeredaUniversity of Barcelona, UB.
Luis BallesterUniversitat de les Illes Balears
Txus MorataCatedra de Faculty. Pere Tarres. Universtita Ramon Llull
Maitane Urizar ElorzaGure Sarea Elkartea
Aitziber BañuelosEraikiz Kolektiboa
Carme Montserrat BoadaUniversitat de Girona
Joana Miguelena TorradoUniversidad del País Vasco – Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea


The international seminar will be held in the Arriaga Auditorium of Bizkaia Aretoa, both in person and online, on the morning of 29 September 2023. The international and national speakers will give their presentations virtually and/or in person, and the national speakers will present in the same space. There will also be a space for group work at political, technical, and professional levels and communications presented at the seminar.


29/09/2023 Friday
Arriaga Room (Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbo)

All information on the seminar can be found at:

Unión Europea. Erasmus plus
Basque Government
Faculty of Education of Bilbao (UPV/EHU)
KideON research group (UPV/EHU)