Since its constituent meeting on 22/23 September 2014, an advisory board consisting of 32 experts has supported the work of the Independent Commissioner for Child Sexual Abuse Issues.
Together with the Independent Commissioner, the advisory board discusses strategies and measures to provide effective protection for children and adolescents against sexual assault, sensitise more strongly the subject of child abuse, improve the possibilities of counselling and assistance and to launch an independent Inquiry.
The most recent meeting of the advisory board took place on 22 and 23 May 2017, together with the Council of Victims and Survivors and the Independent Inquiry Commission. Joint recommendations on political and societal issues were discussed and adopted. Essential objectives include strengthening the fight against child sexual abuse in the coming legislative term and making it easier for victims and survivors to receive support, help and recognition.
The members of the advisory board are appointed for the duration of the period of office of the Independent Commissioner, that is to say until the March 2019.
Overview of the Advisory Board Members
Prof. Dr. Sabine Andresen
Vice-President of the German Child Protection Association (Deutscher Kinderschutzbund Bundesverband e.V.)
Dr. Dirk Bange
Manager of the Department Family, Child Daycare and Equal Opportunities (Leiter Abteilung Familie, Kindertagesbetreuung und Gleichstellung) Hamburg Agency for Work, Social Affairs Family and Integration (Hamburger Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration)
Federal Chairman of the Association of Education and Training (Bundesvorsitzender Verband Bildung und Erziehung e.V.)
Dr. Christine Bergmann
Federal Minister for Families (retd.)
Chair of the Geschlossene Jugendwerkhof Torgau e.V. action group
Dr. Christian Böhm
Head of the Counselling Centre for the Prevention of Violence of the Hamburg authority responsible for Schools and Vocational Training
Prof. Dr. Karin Böllert
Chair of the Working Group for Child and Youth Welfare
Dr. Gudrun Doering-Striening
German Lawyers Association
Prelate Dr. Martin Dutzmann
Authorised Representative of the Council of the EKD for Germany and the European Union Prof. Dr. Jörg M. Fegert Medical Director of the University of Ulm, Clinic for Child and Youth Psychiatry / Psychotherapy
Representative of Victims and Survivors
Governing Board of the Trade Union for Education and Science
German Bishops Conference
Representative of Victims and Survivors
Prof. Dr. Barbara Kavemann
Freiburg Institute for Women in Research and Social Science in Berlin
Federal Criminal Police Office
Federal Chair WEISSER RING e.V.
Chair German Parents Advisory Committee
German Council for the Disabled
Prof. Dr. Rainer Richter
President of the German Chamber of Psychotherapists
Chair of the German Society for Prevention and Intervention in cases of Child Abuse and Neglect
Prof. Dr. Ludwig Salgo
Goethe University Frankfurt, Faculty of Law
Head of jugendschutz.net (youth protection.net)
Managing Director of the German Sports Youth in the German Olympic Sports Association e.V.
Liaison Officer at the German Pupils Conference (Regional Pupils Association Saxony)
Federal Working Group for Non-Governmental Welfare Services / Der PARITÄTISCHE General Association e.V.
Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper
President of the German League for the Child in the Family and Society e.V.
Julia von Weiler
Board of Innocence in Danger e.V.
Prof. Dr. Mechthild Wolff
Landshut University, Faculty of Social Work
Chair of the Board of the General Association of Head Teachers Germany e.V.
The work of the advisory board occurs alongside joint meetings which take place approximately once a year, mainly in five thematic concept groups, which were formed based on the following areas of focus and in each case led by speakers:
- Concept group: Research
- Concept group: Protection and competence development
- Concept group: OEG / Victims compensation law
- Concept group: Children in legal and administrative proceedings
- Concept group: Internet
In the concept groups, questions, recommendations and demands relating to the individual subject areas are identified and discussed.