The Queen attends a conference about online child safety in the Vatican

The Queen and Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican.

The Queen and Pope Francis in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican. Photo: Servizio Fotografico Vaticano

On Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November, The Queen visited the Vatican to attend a conference about online child safety.

Representatives from around 80 international organisations and digital businesses, politicians, lawyers and religious leaders attended the Promoting Digital Child Dignity – From Concept to Action conference. Together, they discussed issues such as how to protect children against online sexual assault.

The Queen opened the conference with a speech, in which she said:

"The child who has suffered abuse. The child who is at risk. The child who was robbed of its childhood, and instead carries guilt and shame. It is for this child, ladies and gentlemen, that we are here today. And I am honoured to have this opportunity to speak to you."

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The Queen gives a speech during the Child Dignity in the Digital World conference in the Vatican.

The Queen gives a speech during the Child Dignity in the Digital World conference in the Vatican. Photo: Digital Child Dignity

Before the conference, The Queen was received by the Pope during an audience.

The conference was arranged by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Child Dignity Allianceexternal link, opens in new window and the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communitiesexternal link, opens in new window.

Visit with the World Childhood Foundation

The Queen carried out the visit within the framework of her involvement with the World Childhood Foundation, which The Queen founded in 1999. The organisation works to prevent violence and sexual assaults against children, and its work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The foundation has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the USA, and supports around 100 projects around the world.

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