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Eurochild recommits itself to catalysing EU influence to improve lives of children

The Strategic Plan of Eurochild for 2019-2021 commits to help bring a children’s rights perspective into policies and legislation in EU member states, accession countries and neighbourhood region, by leveraging…

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5 things you need to know about the annual gathering of Eurochild members

Discover all the action from the annual gathering of Eurochild members on 18-19 April 2018. 1. 171 Members in 34 countries Eurochild General Assembly voted to invite 18 new members…

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Spotlight on the Eurochild Children’s Council: April Update

Sharon, 13 years from Malta shares updates from this month’s work of the Eurochild Children’s Council – a voluntary group of young people under 18 working to promote children’s rights…

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A call to action to leave no child behind

Eurochild signs a joint open letter in support of a 2019 Rights of the Child resolution on children without parental care. To join the statement, follow the instructions in the…

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Investing EU Money in a Transformative Way

On 6 June 2018, Eurochild and the Learning for Well-Being Foundation hosted an event in Brussels which brought together representatives from the European Commission and civil society to discuss the…

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Eurochild to support children’s consultations for Council of Europe review

Eurochild is delighted to be invited to consult children on the mid-term review of the work of the Council of Europe. In 2018-2019 the Council of Europe will carry out…

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European Parliament elections: Vote for Children campaign launched

MEP candidates sign pledge to protect and uphold children’s rights if elected Child rights organisations across Europe today have joined forces to recruit a new generation of Members of Parliament…

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Child immigration detention in the EU

Informative description of the developments regarding child immigration detention at the global level Immigration detention of children, both of children who are alone or with their  families, is a widespread…

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Work in progress: State of negotiations on the next EU Budget

2021-2027 funding regulations for the ESF+ have recognized both child poverty and the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care as a cross-cutting issue 19 April 2019 marks the…

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Eurochild network expands

Following the Eurochild General Assembly on 17 April 2019, we expanded our network to 176 members in 34 countries across Europe! More than 150 participants attended the Eurochild General Assembly…

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How will you end child poverty in the EU? Ska Keller responds

In an interview with Euronews, European Greens’ candidate, Ska Keller spoke about child poverty and children’s participation Poverty affects 1 in 4 children in the European Union. Eurochild’s Reka Tunyogi…

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First ever EU Children’s Summit paves way for future of Europe debate

The first ever Children’s Summit involving over 60 children from across Europe has kicked off in Bucharest under the leadership of the Romanian EU Presidency (6 May, Bucharest, Romania). Eurochild recognises…

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More than 300 EU election candidates pledged to become Child Rights Champions

Together with 15 other NGOs, Eurochild is advocating to create a new Children's Rights Intergroup in the European Parliament The #VoteforChildren coalition campaign asked European citizens to vote for the…

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Early years – how EU funding can help young children & their families thrive

A conference organised in Brussels last week aimed to exchange experience on how EU money is being used to “include and empower people throughout life”. The European Social Fund (ESF)…

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Bulgaria’s National Strategy for the Child 2019-2030 withdrawn following disinformation campaigns

Eurochild member National Network for Children in Bulgaria (umbrella for 152 civil society organisations) has been the forefront of tackling backlash against children’s rights. The child rights organisation raises growing…

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Dentons and Eurochild launch strategic partnership to support the rights of children in Europe

Global law firm Dentons and children’s advocacy network Eurochild have announced a strategic partnership to support the rights of children in Europe.  Through this partnership, Dentons has committed to provide…

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Children rights are too serious to be left only to the goodwill of adults

This is the view shared by Konstantinos, former member of the Eurochild Children’s Council, who was invited as keynote speaker at University of Geneva Summer School Konstantinos, former member of…

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H.E Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca takes office as Eurochild President

H.E Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President Emeritus, Malta and newly elected Eurochild President took office and chaired her first Eurochild Management Board meeting in Brussels On 17-18 June H.E Marie-Louise Coleiro…

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Improving the inclusion in school of Children Affected by Migration

Eurochild is partnering in an innovative EU-funded initiative to improve the inclusion in schools and ensure the rights to quality education for all Children who have been Affected by Migration…

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Former Eurochild Children's Council members nominated for the Children's Peace Prize

Konstantinos and Angelina have been nominated for the 2019 Children's Peace Prize for their courageous and committed work towards children's rights. “Believe in something and do everything to achieve it.…

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Meet the new European Commissioners

Ursula von der Leyen revealed her new European Commission on 10th September 2019. The New European Commission On 10th September 2019, the President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented the structure…

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Children's rights organisations share their expectations of the proposed European Commission

This is a public statement of 21 national children's rights coalitions in membership of Eurochild who met last week in Brussels. Last week President-Elect Ursula Von der Leyen announced her…

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Early Years Education - a Forceful Tool for Greater Social Inclusion

On 27 September 2019, Brussels hosted the second European Education Summit, bringing together 160 teachers, 19 national education ministers and hundreds of experts to discuss how education can impact active…

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Eurochild Children's Council Meets in Brussels

The Eurochild Children's Council met this week at the Eurochild office in Brussels to ensure that Eurochild embeds meaningful child participation into all of its work. This week (7th-8th October),…

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Assessing EU Commissioner – designates on their commitment to children's rights

With a consistent number of Commissioner-Designates openly committing to protecting children's rights if approved by the European Parliament, here are the positive takeaways about the hearings of the most relevant…

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European Parliament: Towards No Child Poverty in Europe 2030

Eurochild is organising in collaboration with Bertelsmann Stiftung a high-level political round table on preventing and tackling child poverty in Europe The event will be held in the European Parliament…

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A Call to Action for an Investing in Children Council Recommendation

A Call for Action to European Union Member States for an Investing in Children Council Recommendation Child poverty in the European Union today In 2019, 1 in 4 children  in…

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Eurochild joins discussion on Education and Migration in the European Parliament

Education is the key to inclusion. No child should be left behind, if we want to foster a prosperous future of Europe. According to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, states…

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New Organisational Structure for Eurochild

Eurochild’s secretariat gets ready for a more child-friendly Europe! Dear Members, At its October meeting, the Eurochild management board agreed a new organisational structure for the Eurochild Secretariat. The decision…

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Towards No Child Poverty in Europe 2030

Growing inequality affects children’s access to healthcare and education; poverty continues to remain persistently high among children (24%), compared to the adult population (22%). Despite this, the European Semester –…

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Council of Europe: Redefining Power and Strengthening the Rights of the Child

The week before the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe held a high-level conference in Strasbourg on 13-14 November 2019…

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New European Parliament takes its First Steps to Protect Children's Rights

Eurochild welcomes the resolution adopted today by the European Parliament (EP) by 495 votes to 58 with 87 abstentions, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention…

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How the EU can learn from New Zealand's progressive social wellbeing budget

New Zealand is currently pioneering new philosophy and approaches to government, and is actively trying to challenge the ‘growth’ paradigm of current economic budgetary thinking across Western and English speaking…

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Opening Doors Celebrates Its Achievements Upon Closure

A safe and loving family environment is the best place for a child to thrive. For this reason, 120 organisations from 16 countries worked together in the Opening Doors for…

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Eurochild and UNICEF to develop a study on children in alternative care across the EU

Eurochild is partnering with UNICEF Regional Office for Europe & Central Asia to coordinate a 12-month study aimed at mapping data collection systems on child protection across 27 EU Member…

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Europe's new captains: Will they bring children closer to Europe?

A new European Commission is up and running. The UK’s departure from the EU now is cast in stone. As 2019 draws to a close, we reflect on where the…

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Quality in Alternative Care for 40,000 Children and Youth

Child psychologist Niels Peter Rygaard started a foundation to educate care givers and shares his reflections on questions of quality and lessons learnt. The challenge of implementing the alternative care…

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Assessment of the 2020 European Semester’s Autumn Package

Just before the holiday season, the European Commission launched the 2020 European Semester with the release of its 'Autumn Package' – a suite of documents that guide the development of…

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Joint Statement: 10 Years Towards Inclusion

European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care issues statement taking stock of past achievements and setting a common vision for the future. The “Towards Inclusion” conference…

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Child Rights Networks Launch Talks with Re-Established European Parliament Intergroup

On 22 January the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights met for the first time with the leaders of networks in the Child Rights Action Group in Brussels. The meeting…

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Bringing children’s rights perspective to the digital environment

A gathering in Brussels focused on children's rights to privacy in the face of rapidly expanding technology. There is much debate on the impact of technology and in particular, social…

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Child Rights Networks Launch Talks with Re-Established European Parliament Intergroup

On 22 January the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights met for the first time with the leaders of networks in the Child Rights Action Group in Brussels. The meeting…

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Eurochild echoes call for greater participation of adolescent girls

On the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Eurochild signs a joint letter urging leaders to respond to inequalities faced by young girls and adolescents. Eurochild…

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Civil Society Reflects on Deinstitutionalisation Progress Over the Past 10 Years

The Opening Doors Pan-European De-institutionalisation campaign came to an end after seven years of dedicated and passionate work.  International partners and national coordinators reflect on the achievements of the Opening…

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A Strong Social Europe Must Target Child Poverty

Eurochild calls on the EU to set targets that will half child poverty by 2030.  As the EU looks towards the future with its European Green Deal, Eurochild calls for a…

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Why the Child Guarantee Council Recommendation is best launched in 2020

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children has released a statement calling on the EU to eradicate child poverty with the help of the Child Guarantee. Today, 23 million children grow…

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Meet Fanni!

Meet Fanni, our new Membership and Network Development Officer Fanni started as the new Membership and Network Development Officer at Eurochild on Monday. She will be responsible for communicating, networking…

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'Friends of Cohesion'

15 EU Member States call for a sufficient level of financing to Cohesion Policy in the next MFF On 2nd February 2020, a group of 15 EU member states called ‘Friends…

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Success at the Closing Conference on Child Guarantee

The Closing Conference on the first phase of the feasibility study for a Child Guarantee revealed a number of successes, in a positive sign of commitment to children's rights on…

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Prioritise Deinstitutionalisation 2021-27: Briefing for Members

This memo aims to provide members with more and targeted information on how to influence the programming of post-2020 programming period The Operational Programmes are the main tools how the…

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COVID-19 Resources

The Corona virus outbreak is shedding light on the fragility of our social security, health & welfare systems and the level of solidarity in our societies. Our mission to put…

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Meet Cruccu and Valtolina, two candidate members from Italy

Fabio Cruccu - IndividualFabio Cruccu is a Sardinia based, experienced Child Protection and Children’s Rights Expert with legal background. Besides having extensive experience in raising awareness on children’s rights, Fabio is the founder…

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Eurochild continues to drive reforms to protect children in alternative care

Eurochild continues its work to protect children in alternative care The European Union is seen as a champion in promoting deinstitutionalisation through its introduction of policies and the allocation of…

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Protecting children now and in the future - Eurochild public statement on COVID-19

Children infected by COVID-19 are likely to only have mild symptoms. Nonetheless this crisis is having, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on their lives. The challenges of…

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In Memoriam: Norah Gibbons

Norah Gibbons, children’s rights defender and former President of Eurochild passes away We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Norah Gibbons, a committed children’s rights defender and…

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Vulnerable Groups should be protected during the COVID19 Pandemic

Eurochild signs joint statement to protect vulnerable children The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the human and financial costs of poor investment in health prevention services among vulnerable groups in Europe.…

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Joint statement on protecting children and their families during and after the COVID19 crisis

As partner of the EU Alliance in Investing in Children, Eurochild joins as signatory on statement calling for EU Member States and European Commission to support children and families at…

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Meet Eurochild’s new Director of Programmes

Valeria Santostefano joins the Eurochild secretariat Valeria Santostefano started as the new Director of Programmes at Eurochild this week. She will be responsible for overseeing our programmatic work, including activities linked to…

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Eurochild calls for attention to Roma children during COVID-19 pandemic

n this joint statement we call for urgent response to the vulnerable position of Roma communities in light of COVID-19 Eurochild has joined as signatory on the Roma Education Fund…

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Childrens participation in shaping responses to COVID19

Results from the survey "COVID-19: Children’s Participation in shaping responses" have been published As the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has recently stated, underlining various longstanding national…

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COVID19 crisis. People living in institutions must not be written off

Children who are segregated in short or long term residential care are now more vulnerable than ever to human rights violations Whilst governments have focused on addressing the health and…

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Children’s rights community gathers online for annual Eurochild General Assembly

Highlights from the 2020 Eurochild General Assembly and Member's Day Eurochild hosted its annual General Assembly online this year on 15-16 June 2020 owing to the COVID-19 related lockdown. Almost…

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Eurochild and Martin James Foundation partnership to tackle slow deinstitutionalisation reforms in Croatia

Eurochild will provide technical assistance to FICE Croatia as part of a 14 month-long technical assistance programme offered through the MJF partnership to Poland, Croatia and Greece. Following its flagship…

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Child protection reform in Greece gets new impetus thanks to Eurochild and Martin James Foundation support

Despite Greece enacting a breakthrough law on foster care in 2018, most children in out of home care remain in institutions. Following its flagship campaign to reform child protection and…

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Eurochild and Martin James Foundation partnership to push for child protection reforms in Poland

Eurochild will provide technical assistance to Polish Foster Care Coalition to enable civil society to advocate for a strong deinstitutionalisation strategy launched earlier this year by the Polish government. Following…

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Gearing up for a busy Autumn of child rights advocacy

Eurochild gathered members in online discussions on the European Semester, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee Initiative. Almost paradoxically, the disruption caused…

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Eurochild shines the light on aftercare for care leavers across Europe

On 13 October 2020, as part of the CarePath project, Eurochild convened an international online conference, Aftercare for Care Leavers- Learning lessons across Europe to raise aftercare for children and…

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Call for child protection experts with an interest in cross-country comparable data

Eurochild advocates for ending institutional care and strengthening families across Europe. One of the important barriers we see to effective advocacy is the lack of reliable and comparable data on…

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Foster families: a strong pillar of alternative care system for all children

Polish member organised a series of webinars to promote family based foster care in Poland On October 29, the Polish Foster Care Coalition hosted their first webinar on the development…

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OSF consults Roma children on the EU Strategy on children’s rights and the Child Guarantee

The Open Society Foundation has organised consultations with Roma children through different NGOs on the EU Strategy on children’s rights and the Child Guarantee. Throughout November, the Open Society Foundation…

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In the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, children are more than a footnote

Eurochild co-signs the joint messages on the impact of the Pact on Migration and Asylum on children Children have been consistently one of the largest groups of persons seeking for…

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What does the pandemic mean for children?

On 9 December former Eurochild Children’s Council Member, Konstantinos, unveiled the results of the #CovidUnder19 global survey in the presence of our partners, stakeholders and decision makers. The Covid-19 pandemic…

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A new campaign pushes for a fair start for every child in Europe

PRESS RELEASE The first months and years of life lay the foundations for children’s physical, social and emotional development. Eurochild and the International Step by Step Association, in partnership with…

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Eurochild calls on the EP to keep children safe online by adopting a Temporary Derogation to the ePrivacy Directive

Reports of child sexual abuse cases dropped by 46% after the European Electronic Communication Code entered into force on 21 December 2020Eurochild and Missing Children Europe are calling on the…

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ESF+ will now prioritise investing in children

A Victory for the Rights of the Child in the EU The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament finally reached an agreement on the European Social Fund…

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UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty presents first findings from his EU visit

Eurochild has worked actively together with its members to inform the visit and give insight from the ground on the issue of child poverty. Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special…

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How can we protect vulnerable families?

Eurochild organised a webinar to share good practices on strengthening families and preventing separation Children’s rights are best met in the family environment, therefore family strenghtening is an essential aspect…

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How can we improve child participation in EU policymaking?

A joint study on child participation in EU political and democratic life by Rand Europe and Eurochild, contracted by the European Commission, highlights ways to better involve children in policymaking.…

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Children speak up about the future and rights they want

Over 10,000 children and young people participated in a consultation to shape the EU’s upcoming Child Guarantee and Strategy on the Rights of the Child Child participation may soon be…

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Will the Next Generation EU live up to its name?

Opinion piece authored by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and featured on Euractiv. We often refer to children of today as the next generation, and we pin many expectations on them.…

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The European Parliament voted a motion that includes Eurochild’s amendments

The motion includes key recommendation on the future of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and includes many of Eurochild’s proposed amendments. On 11 March, the European Parliament…

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Is that really all we can do for children?

The eagerly awaited Action Plan on the Pillar of Social Rights disappoints in its lack of ambition on tackling child poverty. The European Commission recently presented its Action Plan on…

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Eurochild's First Response - Launch of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and Child Guarantee

24 March marks an important milestone in Eurochild’s efforts to put children at the heart of Europe. Since its establishment in 2004, Eurochild has fought for child poverty and children’s…

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Can Europe eradicate child poverty?

Child Poverty in Europe in the 21st Century Almost 18 million children were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU according to official statistics in 2019. Poverty…

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Tackling poverty starts in early childhood

Investing in early years must be a priority Children’s early years are fundamental for their healthy development and well-being and have a long-term impact.  Enabling families and caregivers to provide…

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Children are asking: #CanWeBelieveInYou?

At least 18 million children in Europe are facing poverty and social exclusion. The Recommendation on Investing in Children adopted by the European Commission in 2013 captured well what needed…

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Behind the Scenes of #CanWeBelieveInYou

Child participation is the cornerstone of everything we do at Eurochild. This campaign is no different. The boy and the girl you see in the video are not child models.…

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COVID19: Our child participation a success

The pandemic has changed the way Eurochild and its members work directly with children, but it has also emphasized why meaningful child participation has never been more essential. In the…

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Child participation for inclusive public decision making

Eurochild, in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire and the Open Society Foundation (OSF), is working to enable marginalized children impact public decisions in Europe (decisions made by governments and decisions about services like health, education…

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EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child informed by children’s views

The EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child has been developed with the participation of 10,000 children aged 11-17 across Europe and beyond to inform the content of the…

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National Eurochild Forums: From Local to European

Eurochild is dedicated to ensuring children’s right to participate. Apart from our work directly with children through the Eurochild Children’s Council, we have also established five National Eurochild Forums (NEFs)…

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Eurochild Children's Council: April Updates

We are happy to share the latest updates coming from some of the members of our Children's Council. More coming soon!Sioda, Children's Right Alliance Ireland (Foroige), Ireland The Comhairle National…

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Why we launched the Can We Believe In You campaign

Even before the pandemic hit, almost 18 million children in the EU were already at risk of poverty. In 2020, millions of children were left without access to their basic…

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Creating lasting change for children in alternative care

Lessons from Croatia, Greece and Poland In 2020, Eurochild started a fruitful cooperation with Martin James Foundation to push for national child protection reforms. In the framework of this partnership…

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Recovery and Resilience Facility must support community inclusion, not segregation

Expert group on deinstitutionalisation provides recommendations on National Recovery and Resilience Plans An unprecedented amount of €750 billion has been allocated for Next Generation EU that includes the Recovery and…

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How will the new EU budget support children in care?

Since May 2018, when the European Commission published its proposals for the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021 – 2027, Eurochild has engaged in intensive advocacy efforts to ensure that children’s…

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Children’s wellbeing ignored in vast majority of National Recovery and Resilience Plans

Eurochild regrets that children remain invisible despite the detrimental impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing. Eurochild regrets that children are invisible in several National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs),…

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CanWeBelieveinYou campaign gathers steam across Europe

With the rollout of Eurochild’s Can We Believe in You campaign we have seen encouraging discussions on children’s rights at local and national levels. National governments and civil society actors…

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Acknowledgements

The Eurochild network has shown great resilience in 2020, despite the challenges of the pandemic. We are proud of our collective achievements which would not have been possible without the…

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Accountability

Learn about our accounts and funding.Take a look at the tables or download the PDF

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Agility

Fit for purpose and fit for the future. 2020 turned out quite differently to what we had planned. For many of the children, young people and families that we speak…

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How 2020 solidified our model of work

In 2020, we changed and that made us a stronger network. From the start of the first lockdown, we were concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children…

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Datacare: how the EU can better monitor deinstitutionalisation progress

Interim findings for Eurochild & UNICEF’s landmark study on European data collection for children in alternative care releasedOver the past year, Eurochild has worked with its members, UNICEF, and over…

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Child Poverty & Putting Children First - Eurochild’s achievements in 2020

The COVID19 pandemic plunged more families and children into poverty.  By mobilizing our members and convening dialogues with high-level decision-makers, Eurochild brought greater visibility to the plight of children across…

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Child Participation - Eurochild’s achievements in 2020

2020 marked a strengthening of our commitment to ensuring meaningful child participation across Europe. Recognizing the necessity to listen to children, Eurochild adapted its online spaces to reach more children…

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The ME-WE Project is coming to an end – what are you committed to do to enable young carers to fully enjoy their human rights?

Across Europe, 7-8% of children are young carers, i.e., children and young people who provide care for a relative or friend with long-lasting limitations (e.g., chronic illness, disability, frailty or…

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Early Childhood Development - Eurochild’s achievements in 2020

First Years First Priority Campaign In 2020 Eurochild and the International Step by Step Association, in partnership with the European Public Health Alliance and Roma Education Fund, launched the ‘First…

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Children in Alternative Care - Eurochild’s achievements in 2020

Children growing up in alternative care were particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Working with members, we drew attention to their situation and the interventions needed to support them. Thanks…



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27 May 2021

Education inequality: Equal chances for every child

Our webinar ‘Equal chances for every child: tackling inequalities and ensuring access to education for Europe’s children in need during and after the pandemic’ took place on 27 May 2021.…

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9 June 2021

Creating lasting change for children in alternative care

Lessons from Croatia, Poland and Greece 9 June 15:00 – 16:30 via Zoom In 2020 Eurochild has started a fruitful cooperation with Martin James Foundation to support 3 civil society…

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17 - 18 June 2021

Eurochild General Assemblies and Members Day 2021

Eurochild members are invited to register to Eurochild’s Extraordinary and Annual General Assemblies and Members’ Day on Thursday 17 June 2021 (10h00-16h30 CET) and Friday 18 June 2021 (10h00-17h00 CET).…



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