On Thursday 24 September, The Queen took part in the digital opening of Germany's third child advocacy centre, in Berlin.
During the digital opening of Berlin Child Advocacy Centre, The Queen said:
"Child advocacy centres are beacons for child protection. Today, the Berlin Child Advocacy Centre is another bright beacon with a message of hope: Change is possible!
"Together, we can achieve a great deal for the protection of vulnerable children and young people."
Speakers then included Mrs Elke Büdenbender, wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin Child Advocacy Centre is located at Charité University Hospital, a virtual tour of which was given during the opening ceremony.
Berlin Child Advocacy Centre is the third such centre in Germany, after Leipzig and Heidelberg. The Queen and Mrs Büdenbender opened the Heidelberg Child Advocacy Centre together in 2019. Another child advocacy centre will open in Düsseldorf later this autumn.
Germany's first child advocacy centre was opened in Leipzig in 2018 Opens in new window., and the second was opened in Heidelberg in 2019.
At child advocacy centres, child victims of sexual assaults can receive support and protection under a single roof. A multiprofessional team – including doctors, judges, psychologists and social workers – works together in the best interests of the children. Child advocacy centres were established in Germany with support from the World Childhood Foundation External link, opens in new window..