Child Participation

Children are experts in their own lives. It is essential that they participate in decisions that affect them.

Eurochild wants to lead by example. We are therefore committed to supporting the direct involvement of children and young people in our work. Eurochild’s Child Participation Strategy sets out current and future steps to make sure children’s voices and ideas are being heard and taken into account. We have established several structures to facilitate children’s involvement:

  • The Eurochild Children’s Council (ECC) – children selectedfrom across Europe
  • National Eurochild Forums (NEFs) – platforms for children todebate at a national level
  • A Child Participation Reference Group – involving expertsfrom Eurochild membership

Eurochild also supports others, including the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the European Fundamental Rights Agency to engage directly with children.

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To fight for children’s rights we need to actively involve children themselves.

In 2017 we established the Eurochild Children’s Council (ECC), bringing together 12 children from different countries around Europe between the age of 10 and 18. The children actively contribute to our events and activities, they advise the network on how to improve our impact, they participate in our advocacy on children’s rights. The ECC is renewed every 2 years. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email (always include a parent/guardian in any mails)

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National Eurochild Forums

To build child participation practices within our membership we support several National Eurochild Forums (NEFs).

NEFs offer a platform for children to discuss issues of concern in their country and to bring these issues to the attention of European policy makers.

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Child Protection Policy

Children can only become empowered agents of change to improve their lives and that of their families and communities if they are safeguarded from abuse, discrimination and harm of any kind, be it physical, sexual, emotional or neglect.
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Child friendly Recommendation on Investing in Children

A resource developed, with children, for children! This child friendly…
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2GetherLand 2019 shows how to tackle social injustice with young people

The 2GETHERLAND 2019 Germany Results Report has been published Seeking…
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Child Rights Manifesto

The Child Rights Manifesto calls on Members of the European…
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Eurochild Children’s Council

To fight for children’s rights we need to actively involve children themselves.

In 2017 we established the Eurochild Children’s Council (ECC), bringing together 12 children from different countries around Europe between the age of 10 and 18. The children actively contribute to our events and activities, they advise the network on how to improve our impact, they participate in our advocacy on children’s rights. The ECC is renewed every 2 years.

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Projects

  • #CovidUnder19
  • DG Just Study on child participation in political and democratic life
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