Global Index: Private Sector

The private sector module is part of the Out of the Shadows Index (OOSI). This separate module measures the degree to which governments across 60 countries have enacted legislation to regulate how the private sector engages with children. This assessment includes issues related to data protection, child labour and the role of internet service providers (ISPs) in preventing the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

It does not measure the prevalence of child sexual exploitation or abuse in the workplace. Therefore, the absence or presence of regulation does not reflect the degree to which child exploitative labour or CSEA crimes are experienced in the workplace. Instead, the assessment examines the country's enactment of regulations that are key to safeguarding children in the private sector and, in particular, within specific industries where children are known to face greater risk.

The private sector module is scored and accessed independently from the main OOSI. Countries are measured across four issue areas: (1) Reducing risk factors in the workplace, (2) Prevention from online threats, (3) Sector-specific prevention and (4) Private sector response and co-operation.

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