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The Child Protection Alliance in The Gambia was formed on April 2001 and was the first inter-agency collaborative institution on child protection in The Gambia. It currently has 63 member organisations, including UN agencies, bilateral institutions, NGOs, civil society organisations, child and youth organisations and government departments.


Contact: Mr. Lamin Fatty
Phone: +220 449 8154
Address: Booster Extension, Fajara M section, Bakau


In July 2016, the Gambian Parliament amended the Children’s Act in order to criminalise the marriage of a child below 18 years old. The parent, the husband or any adult who participates to the child marriage is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 20 years.

According to a survey conducted by the Government, about 41 per cent of women between 20 and 49 years old were married before reaching 18 years old and 16 per cent of women were married before 15 years of age.

A prevention campaign was organized in January 2016 by the Child Protection Alliance, in partnership with ECPAT Netherlands, to raise the awareness of media practitioners on the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.


ECPAT International
Gambia – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2015

Understanding Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Research in Different Regions: African Children’s use of ICTs

Year: 2013

Don’t Look Away! Assessment on Sexual Exploitation of Children related to Tourism and Reporting Mechanisms—Sub-Saharan Africa

Year: 2013


Age of Consent

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Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Active and passive extraterritoriality is provided for trafficking offences, including when offenders or victims of crimes committed abroad are residents -or nationals- of the Gambia. Double criminality is not required.

Extradition requires a minimum gravity of one year of imprisonment therefore including all SEC-related offences and requires double criminality.

SECTT Legal Checklist The Gambia, 2020

CSAM Definition

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Background Check Required


There are no mandatory legal provisions for criminal background checks nor legislation prohibiting convicted sex offenders to hold positions involving or facilitating contact with children.

SECTT Legal Checklist The Gambia, 2020

National Commitments


The Gambia has ratified the CRC, the OPSC, the Trafficking Protocol and the ILO Convention No. 182.

The Gambia has also ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

The Gambia has not ratified the OPIC, the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics nor the AU Convention on Cyber Security and the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote and Budapest Conventions.

SECTT Legal Checklist The Gambia, 2020

Child Advocacy Centers

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SEC Police Unit

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Protection Standards Travel and Tourism


The Gambia has implemented a national code for child protection in travel and tourism as a binding requirement for industry operators.

SECTT Legal Checklist The Gambia, 2020

Public SEC Case Data

Not Yet Assessed

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