Active Citizen Europe (ACE) fosters the integration of children within society through innovative and participatory programmes, capacity building, advocacy, intercultural work, digital literacy and the promotion of a multipronged citizenship education. ACE pioneers community-based programmes for young people to encourage integration and prevent marginalization.
Alliance for Childhood European Network group’s vision is that European societies place the quality of childhood in the centre of all their activities and thoroughly assesses the effects of their decisions on children. Their main mission is to increase the respect for childhood as a basis for human development and to create awareness of the needs of all children; it aims at developing and inspiring ideas for solutions to those problems which could endanger the good quality of childhood. It provides a platform for policy makers, decision makers, researchers, practitioners, parents and all people that have an influence on children’s lives.
The Child Rights Coalition Flanders is a network of non-governmental organisations that aims at monitoring the compliance with the UNCRC, actively promotes the rights of the child and constructively contributes to the process of reporting on the implementation of the UNCRC. The Kinderrechtencoalitie does this by gathering information and expertise related to the application of the UNCRC working to build and strengthen the network of NGOs working with/for children and by doing advocacy and lobbying work, monitoring policies and spreading the vision and recommendations of the NGOs.
The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre is a non-profit organisation that operates on the intersection between children’s rights research policy and practice in Flanders, Belgium and abroad. KeKi’s activities aim to contribute to a better understanding of children’s rights in a variety of professional contexts. KeKi encourages researchers, policy makers and professionals to integrate and contextualise children’s rights in their work and to take a reflective stance towards what children’s rights can mean in their specific work. As a knowledge actor, Keki’s role is to gather and share existing knowledge and expertise about children’s rights make this knowledge useful and accessible for different professional contexts and – where gaps in knowledge exist – create or co-create new knowledge. All KeKi’s work is based on interdisciplinary academic research and inspired by a critical self-reflective approach.
VBJK is a resource, research and training centre in early childhood education and care, which keeps track of evolution on the ground and in research and monitors national and international changes. VBJK is committed to support and improve the daily work of professionals by connecting all involved parties: children, parents, practitioners, researchers, policymakers and all possible relevant organisations. VBJK provides coaching projects and develop research.
The Open Door supports foster care families in their daily lives and serves the best interest of the child in all foster care situations, assists in finding training and resources and shares best practice and research.
Francesca Stuer has more than twenty years of international social and health development work providing a depth of experience, reaching across global, regional and country level policy strategy and programme development. Her specialist experience and expertise include social welfare, child protection and alternative childcare. Francesca has worked at a senior level at Maestral International to support and build capacity of host governments non-government organisations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs).
DECET brings together a network of European organisations and projects with common goals about valuing diversity in early childhood education and training. The network aims at promoting and studying democratic child care acknowledging the multiple (cultural and other) identities of children and families. They view early childhood provisions as meeting places where people can learn form each other across cultural and other borders and therefore as public provisions that can effectively address prejudices and discrimination. In this sense early childhood education makes a clear contribution to the construction of European citizenship.
Don Bosco International is advocating for children and youth with special focus on young migrants and their social inclusion. Don Bosco aims at empowering young people for the transition from education to employment and at fighting against poverty and social exclusion.
ELIANT is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) active in civil society that works with other organisations to create a regulatory framework which allows parents to decide personally how they want their child to be educated, which enables each individual to choose the medicine in which he or she has confidence and which helps to introduce, maintain and develop products which are produced in a way that sustains the earth and the environment.
The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) comprises 26 national Waldorf Associations, representing 700 schools in Europe. Their purpose is to strengthen and develop Steiner education in their member countries through active interest and a mutual sharing of experience.
Janine Renier has a strong professional experience in the social sector, working as a family therapist and trainer and conducting research in the areas of family support, health and children’s rights. Janine is currently a Training Coordinator at Professional Union of Social Workers (UFAS) and an ESAN (European Social Action Network) Delegate at European Social Platform.
During the last 15 years Julien Van Geertsom was chair of the federal administration Social Integration and Fight Against Poverty. One of their priorities was the fight against child poverty and promotion of child well-being. They developed a national plan against child poverty. On the European level they developed an action plan for the fight against child poverty. As an individual expert he decided to join Eurochild to share his knowledge and experiences and support keeping the topic of child poverty on the political agenda.
Kind and Gezin is a Flemish governmental agency with responsibility for young children and families in Flanders (Northern part of Belgium). Its main task is to implement government policy for young children and their families, in particular in the fields of preventive care child care services, family support diversity and children’s rights. Their activities include prevention services for future parents and families with children under the age of three and home visits and consultations.
Learning for Well-being Foundation is an advocacy foundation that supports realising our unique and full potential through the development of our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects in relation to self others and the environment. The Foundation has developed “”Learning for Well-being”” – a process-oriented approach to life, a language and a tool that cultivates capacities of individuals and communities to inspire a shift of mindset that places well-being at the center of all our endeavours.
Margareta Kovacova is a Doctor of Laws specialized in children’s rights with a great legal professional experience in human rights organisations as well as in the European Parliament. Margareta works as an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant for the Office of József Nagy (Slovakia MEP, member of the Children’s Rights Intergroup).
Maud Stiernet is a Vienna based, experienced Communications Specialist with a teacher’s background. Maud has a lot of acquaintances with the disability field & children’s rights, a sound knowledge of family – based care and a good understanding of the stakeholders. She became a UN guidelines specialist and studied their implementation. As a consultant she is training or advising on narrative strategies, design thinking and accessibility tools (especially for children and students).
The Office of Birth and Childhood (Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance) is a public institution developing birth and childhood policies. The ONE is an independent organism under the Minister for Childhood of the Wallonia & Brussels Federation. Its two main missions are to support the child’s development within the family and social environment and to advise and support pregnant women parents and families through medical and social action in order to ensure the global wellbeing of children.