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24 June 2024

Prioritising Children’s Rights for a Democratic, Prosperous, Competitive, Digital and Green Europe

Eurochild’s Post-European Parliament Elections Analysis The recent European Parliament elections have drawn significant attention from European citizens, reflected in a turnout of 51.8%. The European People's Party (EPP), led by…
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19 June 2024

European Commission Recommendation to develop and strengthen integrated child protection systems

Eurochild network welcomes the European Commission Recommendation to develop and strengthen integrated child protection systems, and looks forward to supporting its implementation and monitoring. Eurochild strongly supports the adoption of…
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10 June 2024

Biennial reports on the implementation of the European Child Guarantee

Three years after the adoption of the European Child Guarantee, EU Member States are releasing the first report on its implementation. These reports are based on a monitoring framework introduced by the European Commission…
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4 June 2024

Eurochild’s review of the 2019-2024 EU institutional cycle

This paper highlights the key initiatives undertaken by EU institutions during the last legislative cycle, in which Eurochild has been actively involved. Throughout the 2019-2024 EU institutional cycle, Europe has…
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27 May 2024

Estonia's 2024 Biennial report on the implementation of the Child Guarantee – an overview

Three years after the adoption of the European Child Guarantee, EU Member States are releasing the first report on its implementation. The reports offer an overview of the context, target…
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10 May 2024

Eurochild’s analysis of the manifestos of political groups represented in the European Parliament

Since June 1979, European citizens have been called to the ballot box to elect their representatives to serve in the European Parliament. It is a time of great importance, as…
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8 May 2024

European Semester Country Report and Recommendations

Sub-report on European Semester Country Report and Recommendations based on assessments provided by Eurochild members in 19 countries. On 20 November - World Children’s Day - Eurochild released its latest report on…
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3 May 2024

Early Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education and Care

Sub-report on Early Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education and Care based on assessments provided by Eurochild members in 26 countries. On 20 November - World Children’s Day - Eurochild released a…
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8 April 2024

Speaking up for change: Children’s and caregivers’ voices for safer online experiences

Eurochild, ECPAT International and Terre des Hommes, published 'Speaking up for change: Children’s and caregivers’ voices for safer online experiences', a new multi-country research initiative, portraying the views on online…
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4 April 2024

#EuropeKidsWant: Our Rights. Our Future. The Europe We Want.

Eurochild, ChildFund Alliance, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, and UNICEF joined forces with the Child and Youth Friendly Governance Project to consult children 10 to 18 across the European…
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26 March 2024

The Power of Play

We are proud to unveil the launch of the Children and Young People's Call to Action on 'The Power of Play'. This initiative is the culmination of extensive global online…
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19 March 2024

Children’s mental health across Europe

Sub-report on children's mental health based on assessments provided by Eurochild members in 22 countries. On 20 November - World Children’s Day - Eurochild released its latest report on children in need…
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20 February 2024

Roma children across Europe

Sub-report on Roma children's rights and needs based on assessments provided by Eurochild members in 26 countries. On 20 November - World Children’s Day - Eurochild released its latest report on children…
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6 February 2024

Challenges and developments for children’s right to education across Europe

Sub-report on children’s right to access education based on assessments provided by Eurochild members in 19 countries. On 20 November - World Children’s Day - Eurochild released its latest report on children…
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5 February 2024

Paving the way to realise children’s rights online in Europe

Sub-report on children's rights online based on assessments provided by 32 Eurochild members in 22 countries. This report compiles information on children’s rights in the digital environment extracted from Eurochild’s…
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1 February 2024

Avoiding gaps in detecting and removing child sexual abuse online must be prioritised

Eurochild’s position on the proposed extension of the temporary derogation of the ePrivacy Directive, to allow the continuation of voluntary detection of child sexual abuse online. The temporary derogation of…
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6 December 2023

Reaching in - Strengthening Children’s Participation in the Child Guarantee

This paper summarises what has been learned about children’s perspectives on important factors to consider in implementation of the Child Guarantee. The learning comes from nine pilot projects with Roma…
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4 December 2023

Reaching In - Inclusion and Influence in Children's Participation

This paper summarises what has been learned from a two-year study of inclusive approaches to children’s participation in public decision-making. The study involved nine pilot projects with Roma community groups…
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20 November 2023

Children's Rights: Political will or won't?

Eurochild 2023 report on children in need across Europe. This report is based on assessments provided by 38 Eurochild members in 26 countries and provides recommendations for each country on how…
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11 October 2023

Poverty takes away the right to childhood

Children’s perceptions of poverty in four EU Member States Eurochild published its first report on Child Poverty, which provides an overview of the situation on the ground in Bulgaria, Croatia,…
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4 July 2023

2023 Spring Package of the European Semester

Child poverty is overshadowed by economic, fiscal, energy, digital and green challenges. The European Semester should become a main guidance when it comes to implementation of the European Child Guarantee.…
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20 June 2023

EU Child Guarantee Game and child-friendly explainer

As part of the Reaching In Initiative, Eurochild, the University of Central Lancashire and Fundació Privada Pere Closa released an accessible and child-friendly explainer of the Child Guarantee which features…
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23 May 2023

Children in alternative care in the Child Guarantee National Action Plans

A summative analysis - Policy Brief #2 on Findings and Recommendations From the Datacare Project Since 2000, there has been a firm commitment by the European Union and its Member…
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14 February 2023

(In)visible children - Country Profiles 2022 on children in need

Discover how your country is faring in the fight against child poverty, by downloading your country's profile! In our latest report, (In)visible Children - Eurochild 2022 report on children in need…
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5 December 2022

(In)visible children - Eurochild 2022 report on children in need across Europe

This report highlights the recommendations and priorities that EU decision-makers and national governments can do to support the most vulnerable children and prevent widening inequalities.  Based on input from Eurochild national members from 22…
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5 October 2022

Eurochild reacts to the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse

In early September, we submitted our feedback to the European Commission consultation on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules to…
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30 September 2022

Eurochild's response to the European Care Strategy

Adopted on 7 September 2022, the European Care Strategy introduces a breakthrough policy that has the ambition to address the needs of children and their families as well all generations…
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5 September 2022

Child Guarantee National Action Plans at a glance

2021 was a pivotal year in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European…
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20 May 2022

How can we support children fleeing Ukraine?

Eurochild has published two new pieces of analysis to support efforts by the EU and the Ukrainian government to ensure the care of children arriving from Ukraine unaccompanied, separated from…
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22 February 2022

Eurochild position on the European Care Strategy

Eurochild welcomes the announcement by the European Commission to develop a European Care Strategy, and the commitment by the Council of the European Union to ‘promote active and healthy ageing,…
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9 February 2022

Countering Anti-Child Rights Movements in Europe: The Need for a European Mechanism

Anti-rights groups are non-state groups that position themselves as part of civil society but attack fundamental and universal human rights. They typically campaign against the rights of excluded groups –…
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27 January 2022

Ensuring the European Child Guarantee helps end child poverty: Eurochild Taskforce Recommendations

EUROCHILD CHILD GUARANTEE TASKFORCE COUNTRY REPORTS The European Child Guarantee is an initiative that guarantees children in need access to key services to prevent and combat poverty and social exclusion.…
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24 December 2021

DataCare - Country Overviews

The DataCare Project was launched by Eurochild with support from UNICEF in March 2020. In addition to providing an overview of the situation of children in alternative care in Europe,…
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24 November 2021

Feedback on the Council Recommendation on addressing the social and labour aspects of the just transition towards climate neutrality

Eurochild lobbying for more child-inclusive climate policies The European Commission invited Civil Society Organisations to participate in a Strategic Dialogue online meeting on Tuesday, 26 October 2021. The topic of…
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4 November 2021

Better Data for Better Child Protection Systems in Europe

Eurochild & UNICEF release the final findings from their landmark study on European data collection for children in alternative care Over the past two years, Eurochild has worked with our…
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20 October 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe: a child-friendly introduction

A conversation between the EU and its citizens about the future of EuropeDespite its name, the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ is actually not a single event but a…
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13 September 2021

EEG’s main findings on the submitted Recovery & Resilience National Plans

Since the beginning of the year, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care has been following closely the work around the Recovery and Resilience Facility.…
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6 September 2021

Equal chances for every child: Education must be accessible and inclusive for every child

Eurochild, together with its partners in the ICAM Project, have recently submitted our response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Pathways to School Success Initiative. Together with our…
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29 July 2021

Snapshot of early childhood development data and policies in nine countries - A cross country analysis

The cross-country analysis has been developed within the First Years First Priority Campaign co-led by Eurochild and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), in partnership with the European Public…
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28 July 2021

Eurochild’s contribution to the UN Day of General Discussion on Children in Alternative Care

Eurochild recently submitted their contribution to the UN Day of General Discussion, focusing on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care that will take place on 16 – 17 September. Read our…
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7 July 2021

EU Funds Checklist to promote independent living and deinstitutionalisation

The purpose of this checklist by the EEG - The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care is to ensure EU funds in the 2021-2027 programming…
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23 June 2021

Eurochild Child Participation Strategy - Children’s Priorities are our Priorities

Updated 2021 This Child Participation Strategy builds on the previous version from 2017. It is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and is supported by…
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22 June 2021

Eurochild Code of Ethics

Adopted by the General Assembly on 17 June 2021 Every day, we at Eurochild strive to promote the rights and well-being of children and young people across Europe. To realise…
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23 April 2021

Will it deliver for children?

Eurochild analysis of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action PlanOn 4 March 2021, the European Commission presented the long-awaited Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The…
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1 April 2021

An Ambitious EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child

Eurochild is celebrating the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, published on 24 March 2021. We specifically welcome that the Strategy was developed with the participation of…
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25 February 2020

Redefining Power: Strengthening the Rights of the Child

This report, made by children and for children, showcases the highlights of the conference on the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child To celebrate…
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7 July 2017

Investing in children in the era of social rights

2017 Eurochild Report on the European Semester The ‘European Semester’ is a Calendar of the European Semester process that was put in place in 2010 to provide some coordination to…
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3 August 2016

Sofia Young People’s Report

Read the experiences of the young delegates at the launch of the Council of Europe's Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2020. Sofia Young People’s Report 2016 In December…
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19 September 2012

Speak Up Project: Triptych version (with summary recommendations & children's views)

In the Speak Up! project children met in small groups, so-called focus groups, to learn about, and to discuss, children’s rights. Once familiar with their rights, the children selected four…
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26 July 2012

Valuing children's potential : How children’s participation contributes fighting poverty and social exclusion

This book demonstrates how children and young people can participate and get involved in decisions affecting their lives. Moreover, it also explores how they can contribute to the fight against…
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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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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 consolidated 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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Eurochild Public Statement in reaction to the adoption of the Council Recommendation on the Child Guarantee

A new European guarantee for children in need, a great step towards fighting child poverty Following six years of intense negotiations and advocacy, Eurochild is thrilled to celebrate the adoption…

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Equal chances for every child

Education must be accessible and inclusive for every child Education is often described as a gateway to children’s futures. But for children living in poverty or social exclusion, this gateway…

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Children’s rights gathering looks to national governments for action

Press release (Brussels, 17 June 2021) In a historic week in which 27 EU Social Affairs Ministers adopted the landmark initiative of the European Child Guarantee, the children’s rights community…

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Eurochild community gets stronger

The Eurochild community held its yearly gathering with the membership and children online on 17-18 June 2021. The membership voted on key aspects of Eurochild’s governance and membership, which now…

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Children take centre stage at Eurochild annual gathering

Showcasing excellent practice of child-led participation, children & young people contributed extensively to this year’s General Assembly & Members Day, which, for the first time ever, also included children from…

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Council Conclusions on the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child: what to expect?

The Council of the European Union is expected to adopt the European Council Conclusions on the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child under the Slovenian Presidency (July –…

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Nine Country Profiles highlight the need for greater attention to Early Childhood Development across Europe

Together with the other partners and national coordinators of the First Years First Priority Campaign, Eurochild launches a series of Country Profiles and an accompanying Cross Country Analysis highlighting a…

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Eurochild’s response to the public consultation Pathways to School Success Initiative by the European Commission

Eurochild, together with its partners in the ICAM Project, have recently submitted our response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Pathways to School Success Initiative. Together with our…

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Pathways to School Success Initiative – Eurochild response

Equal chances for every child: Education must be accessible and inclusive for every child Eurochild, together with its partners in the ICAM Project, submitted a response to the European Commission’s…

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European education must become more inclusive and rights-based

The month of September is when most children across Europe will be returning to school or starting school for the first time. However, not all children will be attending school…

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Eurochild Supports the Commission to Become More Child-Friendly

The European Commission has reached out to Eurochild for a set of activities to ensure more children can be engaged safely and meaningfully in their work. In 2020, with many…

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Children’s State of the European Union

As European Commission President Von Der Leyen reflects on the last year in preparation of the State of the European Union speech, Eurochild congratulates the EU institutions for committing to…

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Eurochild signs global call for the UN to recognize the right to a healthy environment

UPDATE: The UN Human Rights Council has adopted the resolution on the right to a healthy environment. This recognition means more accountability from governments to ensure we live in a…

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The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) Mini Toolkit

Using the ESF+ for actions to combat poverty and social exclusion of children Over the past year, Eurochild has provided support and expertise on child poverty as part of the…

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Eurochild signs Child Rights Connect call on the UN to mainstream child rights

IMPACT: The UN Secretary General has welcomed this call and will develop a Guidance Note on child rights mainstreaming in the framework of his Call to Action for Human Rights.…

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EU Alliance for Investing in Children statement provides key recommendations to national governments on Child Guarantee national action plans

On 14 June 2021, EU Member States unanimously adopted the Council Recommendation establishing the European Child Guarantee. By calling on EU Member States to guarantee access to basic rights and…

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Reaction to the veto on the EU Child Rights Strategy

We are dismayed by the veto of EU Child Rights Strategy at yesterday’s meeting of EU Justice Ministers. All 27 EU countries have signed up to the UN Convention on…

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Fighting child poverty through integrated working

Tackling child poverty requires integrated ways of working to create supportive environments.Eurochild members are active on the ground developing, testing and advocating for the best approaches that put children’s right…

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Civil society organisations call for Conference on the Future of Europe to include marginalised communities

On 19 June 2021 Eurochild joined almost 60 organisations and co-signed an open letter to the Co-Chairs and Members of the Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of…

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Child poverty is a burden on Europe’s future prosperity and stability

Those of us working with and for children across Europe struggled to identify with President von der Leyen’s second State of the Union address to the European Parliament on September 15. Von…

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Why is family support needed in post-pandemic era?

Fulfilling of Social Rights of Children and Families, #RightsForum21Blog by Zuzana Konradova, Thematic Coordinator Children in Alternative Care, Eurochild The COVID-19 pandemic created a crisis for a generation of children…

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Best practices on educating children featured at EU expert forum on migration

Eurochild promoted the importance of social and emotional well-being in education systems at the 6th European Migration Forum – “From pandemic to recovery: challenges and best practices in migration management”,…

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A new push for child protection reforms in Greece and Turkey

Eurochild and Martin James Foundation have renewed their partnership to reform child protection with two new grants to Roots Research Center, Greece and Hayat Sende Youth Academy Association, Turkey. This…

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Slovenian Presidency Conference on the Child Guarantee urges Member States to take action!

Eurochild played a prominent role in the conference organised by the Slovenian Presidency to call on EU member states to set up their European Child Guarantee national plans On 9…

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Making the Child Guarantee a success - Children’s civil society to drive national action

Eurochild has launched a taskforce of leading child rights organisations in 9 EU countries to drive and support the implementation of the European Child Guarantee and tackle the rising levels…

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How are Eurochild members marking Universal Children’s Day 2021?

Every year, the Universal Children’s Day on 20 November is a special occasion for the children’s rights movement to celebrate achievements and reflect on how far we have come and…

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Making rights real: EU officials discover children’s participation

What does a policy officer do? That’s a question that not only children, but adults ask as well. Using child friendly language, involving children in decisions that affect their lives…

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Are schools in Europe today fit for purpose?

Ahead of World Children’s Day 2021, Eurochild and its members in the ICAM Programme discussed solutions on how to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on children’s right to education.…

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Joint Statement - Call on the EU: Restore Rights and Values at Europe’s Borders

Eurochild signed a statement by ECRE on the continuing humanitarian crisis at the borders between the EU and Belarus. The Statement calls for a strong response from the EU, EU…

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Children's rights in the EU Digital Services Act

Eurochild sent a joint letter to Members of the European Parliaments (MEPs) to take measures for the protection, safety and privacy of children online. Children require and have the legal…

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Final findings from the DataCare project make a clear case for monitoring progress in deinstitutionalisation

A joint research from Eurochild and UNICEF proves that comparability on children in alternative care is possible across Europe, and should be incorporated into the monitoring of the Child Guarantee.…

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A year of transforming commitments into action

At the start of the year, the EU set the frame for delivering children’s rights with two new grand initiatives – the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child…

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Ensuring the European Child Guarantee helps end child poverty

- LAUNCH OF EUROCHILD CHILD GUARANTEE TASKFORCE COUNTRY REPORTS Brussels, 27 January 2022- Eurochild releases 6 country reports which include recommendations for the design and implementation of the Child Guarantee…

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Statement on urgency to counter anti-child rights movements in Europe

During a trilateral meeting European Commission Vice-President Šuica, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Mijatović and Eurochild President Coleiro-Preca, expressed their deep concern about the impacts of the anti-child rights…

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Children deserve a safer digital environment

On #SaferInternetDay, Eurochild signs open letter, calling the the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament to put the rights of children at the heart of its upcoming legislation…

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Eurochild continues its work to influence better data systems for children in alternative care

Eurochild launches second phase of its DataCare project in four countries – France, Ireland, Portugal and Romania With the beginning of 2022, so too begins a new chapter in Eurochild’s…

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Becoming a young activist is still a challenge, especially when you’re a girl

On 1 February, Eurochild Children’s Council Members, Una and Petra, joined a virtual consultation on girls’ and young women’ activism organised by the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women…

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Eurochild endorses joint briefing on discrimination faced by persons with disabilities in the EU

This document informs the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities about issues of inequality and intersectional discrimination The endorsing organisations are alarmed by the rate of discrimination…

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Share information to support organisations helping children

In response to the war in Ukraine, Eurochild is collecting information for children and organisations working for children. Upload or share links to guides, photos, videos, testimonials, calls for donations…

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How the National Action Plans can change the lives of children across the EU for the better

Member States are expected to submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans by 15 March. Here’s our recommendations on what should be included to turn the commitments of the Child…

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Available EU funding for refugees from Ukraine

Following the European Commission recent proposal to modify the Cohesion Actions for Refugees in Europe (CARE), we take this opportunity to sum up the different sources of funding available for…

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Last minute DSA compromises risk leaving children with no protections on online services, from gaming sites to TikTok

Eurochild joins 5Rights and other organisations asking Council and Parliament for more protection for children in the Digital Services Act Press Release EU member states risk leaving billions of children…

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UN Committees reaffirm human-rights model for children with disabilities

After two years of negotiations, UN Committees on the Rights of the Child and on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities developed a common doctrine that fully recognises children with…

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A new push to support our members and strengthen family-based care

Eurochild renewed its partnership with the Martin James Foundation (MJF) to influence EU policy-making and build capacity among members to make the case for family-based care at national level. In…

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Ensuring children’s right to access education during times of war

Supporting the integration of children who have fled Ukraine in Europe’s education systems needs to be underpinned by a clear understanding of children’s social-emotional wellbeing. For many of us working…

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From words to action: will the Council of Europe’s new Child Rights Strategy deliver for children?

Eurochild Secretary General, Jana Hainsworth, and Eurochild President, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, attended the launch event of the new 6-year Strategy of the Rights of the Child of the Council of…

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Acknowledgements - Annual Report 2021

We are proud of the Eurochild network’s collective achievements in 2021, which would not have been possible without the extraordinary commitment of our management board, secretariat team, members, the children…

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Accountability - Annual Report 2021

Learn about our accounts and funding. Download the PDF and take a look at the tables. Go back to the Annual Report 2021 page

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Child Poverty - Eurochild’s achievements in 2021

A milestone in the fight against child poverty 2021 marked a turning point for the fight against child poverty. We launched our audiovisual campaign  #CanWeBelieveinYou to draw attention to children…

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Helping our members to defend children’s rights in Europe

- Annual Report 2021 - Despite the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) being universally ratified by all countries in Europe, there is still widespread resistance…

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Child Participation - Eurochild’s achievements in 2021

The participation of children in the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the Child Guarantee Eurochild created a child-friendly overview of what was, or was not,…

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Early Childhood Development - Eurochild’s achievements in 2021

First Years, First Priority Campaign - A fair start for every child Since the launch of the campaign in 2020, Eurochild and the International Step by Step Association, in partnership…

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Children in Alternative Care - Eurochild’s achievements in 2021

In 2021, Eurochild continued its work under its Strategic Goal to “End institutional care for all children”. We built the capacity of our members; participated in national, EU and international…

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#EurochildGA 2022: Europe’s largest children’s rights network gets stronger

Children from the Eurochild Children’s Council, representatives of Eurochild members and the Eurochild Secretariat gathered online on 10-11 May for the Annual General Assembly and Members’ Day. The network welcomed…

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Statement - War in Ukraine: Putting Children First

Together with our members, Eurochild is releasing a statement highlighting how the war in Ukraine is affecting children's chance to a happy and healthy life. Since the beginning of the…

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How can care leavers benefit from social housing?

Eurochild hosted a webinar to shed some light on good practices of social housing for young people ageing out from alternative care. Every year, thousands of young people have to…

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A welcomed proposal to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online

Eurochild signs open letter welcoming the "Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse" proposed by the European Commission On 11 May, the European Commission shared a…

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Ukraine crisis reveals the weaknesses of national child protection systems in the EU

Over the course of the war in Ukraine, Eurochild has strengthened its efforts to listen to and work with our members helping children on the ground. More than 100 days…

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ECEC Exchange: Fighting child poverty - challenges and opportunities

Eurochild participated to Early Childhood Ireland's event ECEC Exchange with a video-message in which Jana Hainsworth, Eurochild Secretary General, explains the work that is needed to break the cycle of…

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Calling on the European Commission for a European Civil Society Strategy

Eurochild joins more than 300 organisations calling on the European Commission to include in the work programme of 2023 a proposal for a European Civil Society Strategy Civil society organisations'…

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Meet the 2022 Eurochild Children’s Council members!

The new Eurochild Children’s Council (ECC) started their 2 year-mandate at the Eurochild General Assembly The Eurochild Children’s Council is a group of children supported by Eurochild members from different…

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How can Child Protection Systems benefit from NGOs?

On 1 June, Eurochild hosted an online event ‘A way forward towards family based care for children’ to reflect on how cooperation and knowledge sharing can bring about positive change…

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A World Fit for Children

Eurochild endorses a joint reaction to the Council Conclusions on the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child The impact of the war in Ukraine and the socio-economic fallout…

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#CovidUnder19 Joint Statement asking for meaningful child participation

Eurochild endorses statement co-authored by children and adults involved in the #CovidUnder19 initiative The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2022 opens a new avenue as we look forward to reaching the…

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Why does child participation matter? Rayaa and Anna's experience at the Eurochild's General Assembly

This blog was authored by children from the Eurochild Children's Council, Anna from Greece and Rayaa from Ireland The Importance of Child Participation - Anna Children's opinions and voices have…

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Pathways to School Success - Eurochild welcomes EU ambition to improve education outcomes for all children

Eurochild’s response to the release of the Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on Pathways to School Success On 30 June, the European Commission published its proposal for a Council…

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Building school systems where no child is left behind

Eurochild and its members contributed to new EU Guidance about supporting the inclusion of displaced children in schools As the summer break draws to a close and children prepare to…

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A snapshot on children in alternative care in Europe

Eurochild featured in the European Journal of Parental Imprisonment with an article on the latest developments on children growing up in alternative care Eurochild member, Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE),…

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DataCare informs international recommendations to improve data collection on children in alternative care

International stakeholders such as Eurostat, the European Commission, and OECD gathered in Geneva for the 70th Conference of European Statistician to approve new guidance about statistics on children, which includes…

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Our hopes for this year’s State of the Union address

Ahead of this year’s State of the Union speech, we sent a letter to the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, highlighting what we hope to hear in her…

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Eurochild Children's Council gives Child Participation in Safeguarding training at Keeping Children Safe's Summit

Anna, Iva, Andre and Lana share their experiences regarding child safeguarding measures in child participation that are essential in city councils, schools, in case of traumatic experiences and in the…

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Eurochild Child Guarantee Taskforce: what have we achieved?

In October 2021, Eurochild created a Child Guarantee Taskforce with the support of Tanya’s Dream Fund. Since then, the Taskforce members have worked together to keep the Child Guarantee on…

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State of the Union address reveals children’s needs are overlooked in von der Leyen’s agenda

On 14 September, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered her annual State of the Union address. Focusing heavily on the war in Ukraine and the…

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A call to invest in integrated child protection systems that meet the needs of children in migration

Eurochild endorses joint statement calling on the EU to stay committed to protecting children in migration Developments over the last years have placed children increasingly unprotected and at risk of…

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Understanding the Trauma of Institutionalised Children

Eurochild member Florence Koenderink publishes book helping adoptive parents support children coming from institutions Caring for a previously institutionalised child can be extremely challenging. The book ‘Understanding the Trauma of…

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Europe has a duty to protect stateless refugees: here’s what needs to happen next

Eurochild endorses statement calling for full access to rights and support for stateless refugees in Europe. A growing coalition of over 75 organisations is calling on European governments and the…

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Not my crime, still my sentence

Eurochild member COPE's child participation projects gather experiences of children of incarcerated parents An estimated 2.1 million children are separated from a parent in prison in Europe countries on any…

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Eurochild endorses global policy agenda on Ending Child Poverty

As a member of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty, Eurochild, together with our members across Europe, is contributing to achieving a new global agenda to end child poverty.…

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Hope and Homes new publication “Families. Not Institutions” issues a clear roadmap for global care reform

The EU is a vital catalyst to achieve urgently needed global care reform On 25 October, Eurochild member Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) presented its new publication Families. Not…

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We must make the internet a safe place for children

With over 70 civil society and child rights organisations, Eurochild is calling on all stakeholders to strengthen the Commission’s proposal and ensure it brings tangible outcomes for child protection online.…

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Eurochild network expands to 192 members in 37 European countries

Eurochild members gathered online for the #EurochildGA to take important decisions and welcome new members At the Eurochild Extraordinary General Assembly hold online on 16 November 2022, Eurochild members approved…

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Eurochild adopts its new Strategic Framework 2022-2025

The document explains how Eurochild can achieve its mission to promote the rights and well-being of children in policy and practice through advocacy, membership exchange and research On 16 November…

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Eurochild’s Response to the 2023 Annual Sustainable Growth Survey

The European Semester is an annual cycle of economic and fiscal policy coordination that sets the framework for the European Commission’s policy work for the upcoming year. As part of…

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(In)visible Children. Eurochild 2022 report on children in need across Europe

Press Release Brussels, 15 December 2022- Eurochild releases a report on the situation of children in Europe which highlights the recommendations and priorities that EU decision-makers and national governments can do to support…

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Looking back to look forward: Changing minds, policies, and lives of children in alternative care

An overview of the partnership between Eurochild and the Martin James Foundation between 2020 and 2022 More than 850,000 children are deprived of parental care in Europe. The reasons for separation…

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Young people have their say on education, LGBTIQ+ rights and more

Eurochild supported 60 children and young people from all over Europe coming to Brussels to meet Members of the European Parliament, as part of the YouPart (Youth Participation) project Running…

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Eurochild supports children participating at the 14th EU Forum on the Rights of the Child

Earlier in September, the Eurochild Child Participation Team supported children participating and leading sessions during the latest edition of the EU Forum on the Rights of the Child This autumn,…

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Eurochild members from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Lithuania and Poland attend the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

Cedar Foundation, Auto Moto Group, the Polish Foster Care Coalition, Geert Jørgensen and Maud Stiernet shared their views at the #EDPD2022 Conference The 2-day event organised by the European Commission…

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From institutions to families: A training manual for case workers

Eurochild member Florence Koenderink publishes a second book from the series "Understanding the Trauma of Children from Institutions". This manual was written for social workers, counsellors and other professionals moving…

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Building a sustainable future for Eurochild

2023 is an exciting time, not only because Eurochild is turning 19, but also because the Secretariat is renovating its structure.Between the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023…

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Council of Europe: Call for summit input launched

The Council of Europe is calling for people and organisations to offer their own ideas to feed the discussions at the upcoming summit of heads of state and government in Reykjavik, Iceland…

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Eurochild calls for a Child Sexual Abuse Regulation that puts children first

To mark Safer Internet Day 2023, Eurochild calls on European institutions to put the best interests of the child at the centre, including children's right to have a say on…

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European Parliament calls for more funding to tackle child poverty

Thanks to the intensive advocacy work of Eurochild and other members of the Alliance for Investing in Children, the European Parliament adopted a report calling for stronger financial support for…

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The digital and environmental rights of children are invisible in the 2022 European Semester

Together with our members, we analysed whether the voices and perspectives of children are prioritised in the European Semester process As part of the (In)visible Children – Eurochild 2022 report…

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How do we help Ukrainian refugees to feel at home in a foreign land

In this blog, Lyuba Karpachova from the Ukrainian Cultural Center by Promote Ukraine in Brussels explains how the colouring book “Heroes Cry Too” helped mothers and children from Ukraine feel…

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How can the Council of Europe become a more strategic and political organisation to protect its core values?

Eurochild Submission to Icelandic Council of Europe Summit -May 2023 The Council of Europe is the continent’s oldest and leading pan-European organisation – has a critical role to play as…

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New legislation could put EU on the world map by holding big tech accountable for the dissemination of child sexual abuse materials

Eurochild supports the Right In Front of Us campaign asking lawmakers and tech companies to work together to stop online sexual abuse. PRESS RELEASE 22 February 2023_ On the European…

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Promoting a game culture within care services for young people

The Domus Ludens Project is run by 5 organisations, among which Fundació Resilis, partner of Eurochild member FICE Spain. Play is an unquestionable right for all children and young people…

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New parliamentary opinion to threaten EU regulation on child sexual abuse

Eurochild joins 40+ organisations calling on EU policymakers to amend the IMCO Committee draft opinion to include better measures to protect children online. On 8 February 2023, the European Parliament’s…

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Eurochild gives Child Participation and Child Protection training to the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)

The content of the training was inspired by largely by current and former Eurochild Children’s Council members. As part of Eurochild’s continuous capacity building efforts and due to our experience…

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Contribution to the European Commission Consultation on Fighting Human Trafficking

Eurochild joins 11 other organisations calling on the EU to strengthen rules to prevent and fight child trafficking, including by recognising and addressing the link between child trafficking and orphanages…

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Eurochild partners with the UN in the organisation of Regional Dialogues with children on online violence

Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid engaged with the children, listening to their views and answering their questions, with the aim of informing her Office’s 2023 report on violence against children and…

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Civil Society calls for better cooperation - Second anniversary of the Child Guarantee proposal

While several countries still need to submit their plans, civil society organisations and children across Europe should be consulted by decision makers to effectively fight the increasing levels of poverty.…

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Organisations across sectors call for stronger action against racism and discrimination to achieve health equity

Eurochild signs joint statement developed by members and supporters of the Thematic Network ‘DisQo – anti-discrimination & health equity Despite the increasing evidence showing that structural, institutional, and interpersonal racism…

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CSAM and grooming must be legislated to ensure no children are left unprotected online

An open letter was sent to the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affair (LIBE) by Eurochild and the other 47 organisations part of ECLAG, the EU CSAM (child…

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EU Enlargement Package 2023- What are the challenges to uphold children’s rights in the EU accession countries?

As part of the 2023 Enlargement Package of the European Commission, Eurochild conducted a consultation with its members from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, Serbia, Türkiye and Ukraine to share…

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Don’t look away: we must protect children from child sexual abuse online

The European Parliament Research Service (EPRS) and the European Council Legal Services have recently issued their assessments criticising the feasibility of the EU proposal to prevent and combat child sexual…

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Acknowledgements - Annual Report 2022

The Secretariat team The Secretariat is the ‘engine room’ of the Eurochild network. We thank our staff and interns for their hard work in 2022. Executive Team Jana Hainsworth, Secretary…

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Accountability - Annual Report 2022

Learn about our accounts and funding. To see the table in full resolution: Download the PDF Go back to the main Annual Report 2022 page

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Work with children on new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child nominated for the European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration 2023

Vote for Eurochild’s work with children and the European Commission – Nomination 55 - by 14 June Eurochild sees the nomination for the European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration 2023…

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Child Participation - Eurochild’s achievements in 2022

Children are experts in their own lives and it is essential that they participate in decisions that affect them. Eurochild facilitates dialogue between children and EU policy makers, relying on…

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Children's Rights - Eurochild’s achievements in 2022

2022 started with COVID-19 restrictions continuously disrupting children’s lives and was then followed by the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine and by other issues such as spreading populist anti-human rights…

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Early Childhood Development - Eurochild’s achievements in 2022

Eurochild advocates for a fair start in life for every child in Europe and co-leads the First Years, First Priority campaign, with ISSA, the International Step by Step Association. The…

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Children in Alternative Care- Eurochild’s achievements in 2022

More than 850,000 children are deprived of parental care in Europe, according to our research. Eurochild advocates for prioritising family-based care for children in the care system, and influences policies…

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Child Poverty - Eurochild’s achievements in 2022

The adoption of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee in 2021 were important milestones, but the journey is far from over. The…

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Coverage of Children in Alternative Care in the Child Guarantee National Action Plans Analysed under the DataCare Project

Eurochild and UNICEF release new analysis of how National Action Plans commit to helping children in alternative care with a focus on data coverage and indicators that will be used…

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#EurochildGA 2023: The Eurochild network now reaches 41 countries

The Eurochild community held its annual gathering with the membership and children online on 16-17 May 2023. The membership voted on key aspects of Eurochild’s governance and membership, which now…

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Eurochild President speaks on Italy’s National Day against Paedophilia and Child Pornography

Hosted by Eurochild member Telefono Azzurro, Eurochild President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca speaks about protecting children from abuse and exploitation on the occasion of Italy’s National Day against Paedophilia and Child…

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#ChildSafetyOn: Every Second Counts Petition

Eurochild joins organisations and survivors demanding the EU to better prevent and combat child sexual abuse online On International Children’s Day and the United Nations International Day of the Parent,…

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Eurochild’s leading role and best practices as a knowledge broker for child well-being in Europe is recognised in a new OECD working paper

New analysis highlights the role played by knowledge brokers such as Eurochild in mobilising evidence to support effective policies for child well-being. In a new working paper published by the…

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Civil society EU 2024 elections campaign for better civic space and civil dialogue

Eurochild joins Civil Society Europe and Social Platform in asking for better protection and engagement of civil society in Europe.  Civic space - the political, legislative, social and economic environment…

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European football campaign launched for children with a parent in prison

Eurochild member Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) is launching Game with Mum & Dad, a Europe-wide event where children with a parent in prison get to play a game of football…

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Children’s mental health must become a priority for all Member States

Increasing poor mental health among children and young people necessitates a stronger and distinct approach compared to adult mental health with targeted interventions at EU and Member States levels. On…

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Traveller education in Europe

Watch the webinar by Eurochild member ENTE, the European Network for Traveller Education, on the opportunities and challenges arise with regard to school education for families constantly on the move…

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Children should be at the centre of discussion on Social Europe

Eurochild Members attended the 2023 EAPN People’s Summit in Porto to prepare the agenda for Porto Social Forum 2023. The summit was organised by the EAPN (European Anti-Poverty Network), a…

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2023 Porto Social Forum: No child should experience poverty and social exclusion in a Social Europe

Eurochild together with The EU Alliance for Investing in Children actively participated in the Porto Social Forum 2023 to advocate for children’s rights. The Porto Social Forum took place in…

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Eurochild took part in the Child Rights Connect Global Conference on countering anti-child rights rhetoric

On 26 May Child Rights Connect celebrated its 40th anniversary with a conference focused on countering anti-child rights rhetoric, through changing the narrative around the role and impact of the…

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AI Act trilogues: the EU’s last chance to protect children

The European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission are starting interinstitutional negotiations on the Artificial Intelligence Act. We ask EU negotiators to ensure the Act delivers on its…

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International Day of Play: online consultations with children and young people

This survey is part of the Child Friendly Governance Project and is run by Eurochild, Save the Children, International Play Association, BRAC, The Concerned for Working Children, the LEGO Group,…

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Eurochild renews its commitment to the euCONSENT Project by joining the Advisory Board for Phase II

Eurochild role will be to offer feedback on the project’s progress from a child rights perspective to promote age verification and assurance systems that protect the full spectrum of children’s…

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European Commission's DG JUST received the Special Award of the European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration 2023

The European Commission's department for justice received the award for excellence in diversity and inclusion while working with children on the EU strategy on the rights of the child. Eurochild sees…

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DAY: First meeting with the Naples Municipality

On 20 June the first informative and training sessions with policymakers on involving children in decision-making were held with the city mayor. Campaign partners met with Gaetano Manfredi, Mayor of…

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Do not lose momentum on the Social Taxonomy

Eurochild and 13 other European networks ask the European Commission to include a social & human rights dimension in the EU Taxonomy framework. The open letter, lead by the European…

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Eurochild Children’s Council meet the European Parliament in Brussels

The Eurochild Children’s Council met in Brussels to support the network and to make sure that children’s voices are heard in decisions made at EU level. Last month, we had…

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Children's rights overlooked in the recent Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee's opinion

Last week, the IMCO Committee of the European Parliament (Internal Market and Consumer Protection), adopted their opinion report on the proposed EU Regulation to prevent and combat Child Sexual Abuse.…

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Children's voices on online safety

Last 20 June, Eurochild co-organised the webinar ‘Children's voices on online safety: what do we still need to learn to tackle effectively online child sexual exploitation and abuse?’ together with…

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Eurochild joins the Special Group on Code of Conduct for age-appropriate design, an important step towards making the internet safer for children

On the 13th July, the group convened its first meeting. Eurochild has joined the Special Group on an EU Code of Conduct for age-appropriate design, a key action under the…

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POP: Tell us how you use online platforms to be safer

Survey for children and young people on how they look for help online when they feel scared or unsafe. The survey is part of the ‘Protection through Online Participation (POP)’project…

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Eurochild's 2023 Summer Crossword Puzzle

This summer test your children's rights knowledge with our puzzle! Who said only children have the right to relax and play? Find the right definitions, the acronyms and solve the…

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Right to a Healthy Environment Global Coalition Wins UN Human Rights Prize

UN Human Rights Award 2023 - The United Nations have awarded the #HealthyEnvironmentForAll coalition which Eurochild joined by endorsing the Global Call in 2020. The Global Coalition of Civil Society,…

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Eurochild calls for Commission’s President to address 5 main challenges that children in Europe face today

With the State of the Union speech approaching, we call the President of the European Commission to ensure children are the top policy priority for the upcoming year. The State of…

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Children need a regulation that covers all forms of abuse

Eurochild Policy & Advocacy Officer on Online Safety, Fabiola Bas Palomares, in an interview for CNAPE’s magazine ‘FORUM’ explains how the EU Regulation to combat child sexual abuse can protect…

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Listening to children’s voices: exploring online child protection with children

Our member, The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, contributed to the development of the University of Malta’s study ‘Protecting our Children: Exploring and Preventing Child Abuse’. The recently…

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The European Commission needs to boost children's mental health

The European Commission’s communication on a comprehensive approach to mental health is a step forward but requires more commitment to boost children’s mental health On June 7, the European Commission…

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A Europe-wide Coalition demands action on Child Sexual Abuse Regulation in front of the European Parliament

Today, survivors, young people, child rights organisations, and other advocates from across the European Union met in Brussels to ask leaders to ‘clean up the internet’ from sexual predators and…

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EU migration policies and gaps in national child protection systems

What challenges do children in migration face in the EU, and how to overcome them? Eurochild releases a policy briefing on the current situation. Following the migration influx in 2015…

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ENOC Conference: Upholding children’s rights in Europe

Eurochild Secretary General, Sabine Saliba, joined the 2023 ENOC Conference in September and expressed concern over the growing attacks on children’s rights in Europe. The European Network of Ombudspersons for…

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Building digital literacy and skills of children is powerless without safety-by-design

Our Policy & Advocacy Officer on Online Safety Fabiola Bas Palomares shared insights on the EU’s legislative action to protect children online at the RAYUELA conference On 27 September Eurochild…

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Protect ALL children from violence in the war in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

Children are paying the heaviest price of the unprecedented escalation in hostilities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel. We express grave concern over the increasing number of child casualties and…

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Joint Statement on Protecting Children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

This war on children must stop. Anything less will forever be a stain on our collective conscience. 20 organisations are urging the EU to call for the respect of international…

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Making the case for more and better public investment in children in Europe

Better data is needed to make sure allocated funding and the right interventions go where it is most needed. Watch the video message from Eurochild President H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca…

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Learn the facts: key insights on the EU's proposed CSA Regulation

Read more about the key facts and the main questions regarding the proposed Regulation to combat and prevent child sexual abuse. Some groups are intentionally misleading you about what this…

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Urgent call for a ceasefire and opening of humanitarian corridors in the occupied Palestinian territory

We urgently call upon the European Union (EU) institutions and EU Member States to take immediate and decisive action in response to the ongoing conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory…

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A Dream of the Future

On the 20th October, Eurochild and its members joined the Human Rights 75 Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central Asia. Saoirse Exton's, part of the UN Secretary General’s Youth Advisory…

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Last call: protect children from online sexual exploitation!

Every second at least 2 images or videos of child sexual abuse are published online. The last flash Eurobarometer shows 78% of Europeans interviewed support the European Commission’s proposal to…

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Children have a right to enjoy online platforms safely

Eurochild welcomes the IMCO report calling for a ban on addictive features of digital platforms, a key step in protecting children in the online environment and upholding their rights online.…

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European Parliament acknowledges link between institutions and trafficking

Following the suggested amendments to the revised EU Anti-Trafficking Directive by CSOs, MEPs formally recognise trafficking links to institutionalisation in latest directive. In March 2023, Hope and Homes for Children,…

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Eurochild contribution to the consultation on integrated child protection systems

The European Commission launched the consultation on the integrated child protection systems as one of the key deliverables of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child in September and Eurochild…

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Eurochild has now 200 members in 42 countries

On 22 November 2023, Eurochild held its Extraordinary General Assembly with the membership which voted on key aspects of Eurochild’s governance and membership, which now totals 200 members in 42…

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Addressing children’s needs from early years

Blog by Agata D’Addato, Eurochild Head of Programmes, on the importance of early childhood development in breaking the poverty cycle. Child poverty prevents children from achieving their full potential and…

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Behind the screens: Early Findings from the VOICE Research

Today, the VOICE project consortium, formed by ECPAT International, Eurochild and Terre des Hommes Netherlands, is launching the report “Behind the screens: Early Findings from the VOICE Research”. The VOICE…

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On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People a call for ceasefire was projected in Brussels

All children are equally deserving of the right to live a life free from violence and armed conflicts Joint Press Release This visual statement, projected in Europe’s capital, underscores the…

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The Eurochild Children’s Council meet with the European Commission to present their campaign on the EU Child Guarantee

The Eurochild Children’s Council met in Brussels to discuss and support Eurochild’s work and test-run a workshop they created with representatives of the European Commission on child participation and the…

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Equity, inclusion and support for professionals remain most pressing challenges for European education systems

In this year’s European Education Summit, Eurochild presented as part of the panel on Quality Early Childhood Education and Care in Practice The European Education Summit took place on 30…

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Collaboration is Crucial Between Governments and Civil Society in Combating Child Poverty and Social Exclusion

Blog by Dr. Ally Dunhill, Eurochild Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications, on why governments and decision makers should collaborate with civil society organisations if they want to reduce child…

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Eurochild 12 days of Christmas

While the holiday season is approaching, here is an overview of Eurochild’s work following the ’12 Days of Christmas’ song! 12 – The Eurochild Secretariat team is now composed of…

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Civil Society collaborating for a stronger impact

Civil society organisations (CSOs) are an essential part of democratic societies in Europe playing a crucial role when united in amplifying the voices of the people to their governments. When…

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Calling for a more ambitious European Semester for children

The 2024 European Semester missed a chance to provide meaningful guidance on the child rights agenda. The European Semester is an annual cycle providing assessment and guidance to Member States’…

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Appreciating children's rights in pre-accession negotiations

Eurochild welcomes the European Commission’s remarks to candidate countries and accession negotiations countries while highlighting a further need to acknowledge and prioritise the child rights agenda at each stage of…

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European Parliament (almost) calls for a ceasefire in Gaza

Despite the humanitarian situation in Gaza, EU Institutions fail to fully condemn the alleged war crimes against civilians and children. On 18 January for the first time, the European Parliament…

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The EU must ensure no gaps in the protection of children against child sexual abuse online

Eurochild has joined 53 NGOs and ICS providers, among which 10 Eurochild members, to call for a swift adoption of the temporary derogation of the ePrivacy Directive. The ePrivacy Directive is…

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Achieving better data for children in alternative care in Europe

Taking stock of Eurochild impact and our successful partnership with UNICEF ECARO between 2019-2023 on our DataCare project. Earlier this month, the long-awaited monitoring framework for the European Child Guarantee…

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Protecting children’s rights online is a strategic choice

Blog by Fabiola Bas Palomares, Lead Policy & Advocacy Officer on Online Safety on how increasing online child protection is both a political and an economic strategic choice that must…

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New UNICEF report on children in alternative care: Pathways to Better Protection

New regional analyses now available on latest data available on children in alternative care and adoption across Europe and Central Asia. UNICEF ECARO has published its new regional TransMonEE analytical…

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Why children should shape school health policies

As advocates for children's rights and well-being, Dr. Ally Dunhill, Eurochild Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications, and Lenia Kriki, Child Participation and Policy Officer, recently shared their insights on…

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Help us understand how children use the internet to stay safe!

Children and youth are increasingly turning to the Internet to be safe when at risk of experiencing harm offline or online.   As a partner of the UN's Protection through Online…

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Joint statement against the mass forced displacement of Palestinians in Gaza

Eurochild joins ActionAid and 23 other human rights organisations asking Israel to respect international law We, the undersigned organisations, are appalled over the mass forced displacement of Palestinians in Gaza…

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EU Council Presidencies and their impact on children

We welcome Spain, Belgium, and Hungary, as the current EU trio, pledging to collaborate to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations including children affected by multi-crises. This aligns…

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EU and Member States must sustain funding to UNRWA

Eurochild signs joint-statement urging the EU and Member States to reaffirm their support for the vital work that UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the…

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Joint Statement - Global Digital Compact Stakeholders Informal Consultation

Eurochild joins nine organisations calling for a Global Digital Compact (GDC) that prioritises the promotion, protection and implementation of children's rights in the digital environment. The UN Global Digital Compact aims…

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Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement!

Eurochild and other civil society organisations call on the EU to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement in light of the violation of human rights by the State of Israel. The EU is…

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Stand up for children’s rights in the upcoming EU Elections

Press Release - #VoteforChildren is a coalition campaign seeking for children’s issues to top the agenda for the 2024 European elections. Brussels – 21 March 2024 - Today, at the European…

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Joint Statement: Child rights mainstreaming in the United Nations

On 14 March Eurochild co-sponsored a joint statement on child rights mainstreaming in the United Nations at the UN Human Rights Council Annual Day on the Rights of the Child.…

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Podcast | Hačarav Part 1

Eurochild is happy to release its first podcast on children's rights. The first episode is called Hačarav and it means "I understand" in Romani. In this episode we talk about…

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Eleven INGOs call on the EU to act immediately to prevent famine in Gaza

Eurochild, Action Aid and nine other organisations demand in an open letter to European Commissioners to urgently advocate for a permanent ceasefire and a stop the transfer of arms to…

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Looking back to look forward: ensuring longer-term change in early years

Sharing what Eurochild has achieved for children’s early childhood development in partnership with the Open Society Foundations between 2019 and 2024. Blog by Agata D’Addato Eurochild Head of Programmes. The…

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The promise of universal child benefits: The foundational policy for economic and social development

Eurochild member Learning for Wellbeing released with ILO and UNICEF a policy brief on how child benefits can build stronger social protection systems. Child poverty results in profound costs to…

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New Study Reveals: Children Left Alone To Deal with Online Dangers

Press Release - New research by ECPAT International, Eurochild, and Terre des Hommes Netherlands reveals an inconvenient truth: children often rely on their instincts to navigate the digital world due…

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How Eurochild works to unlock EU funds for civil society as a leading network for children’s rights

Blog by Ciaran O’Donnell, Eurochild Partnerships and Programmes Coordinator, on how Eurochild approaches EU funding calls to support the child rights sector in Europe. The end of March brought with…

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The EU Migration and Asylum Pact will put children in danger

Eurochild is worried about the potential negative impact of the EU Migration and Asylum Pact on families and children in migration which among others allows the detention of children at…

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Boarding schools and children's rights in education and alternative care

A blog by Maud Stiernet, an individual member of Eurochild with expertise in children’s rights with a focus on alternative care, accessibility, and responsible artificial intelligence. Maud represented Eurochild to provide…

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Assessing progress: the biennial reports on the implementation of the European Child Guarantee

Three years after the adoption of the European Child Guarantee, Member States are releasing the first reports on its implementation. Eurochild looks forward to reading them and sharing our findings.…

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Collaborative research and child rights advocacy of civil society

A blog by Agata D’Addato, Eurochild Head of Programmes about the CREAN Conference 2024 on Collaborative Research in Children’s Rights. The 2024 CREAN (Children's Rights European Academic Network) conference on…

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Joint statement: Call for stronger prevention of child institutionalisation

Time to step up monitoring and evaluation of early childhood intervention and family support in the European Child Guarantee. The European Expert Group on the transition from institutional to community-based…

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Podcast | EU Elections: Rising Conservatism and Child Rights Concerns

The Eurochild Podcast: Episode 3. What will Europe look like after the upcoming EU Elections? We analysed the manifestos of the EU political parties to see how these will affect…

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Strengthening children’s rights in the EU Accession Process

Eurochild and its members participate to the yearly consultation on the Enlargement Package, covering the progress made by the accession countries to align with the EU standards. This process is…

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The revised EU Anti-Trafficking Directive strengthen measures to protect child victims

Aligned with the amendments proposed by Eurochild, Hope and Homes for Children and 10 other civil society organisations, the revised EU Anti-Trafficking Directive strengthens measures to protect the most vulnerable,…

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Empowering young advocates: Eurochild joins the European Changemakers event

Eurochild participated in an event with 120 youth advocates from 15 countries within the 'European Changemakers' project, supporting the creation of advocacy strategies on education, gender equality, migration and climate…

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Belgian Presidency’s Conference on the European Child Guarantee

Eurochild commends the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union for organising the ‘’European Child Guarantee: from engagement to reality’’ conference, which provided a forum for exchange on…

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My Dad’s Journey: How we created an animated short film

Join Davide Rambaldi, Eurochild Communications Coordinator, as he shares in his blog the journey behind the creation of a touching animated short film. Delve into the story of how a…

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Child rights experts call on future European Parliament members to become Child Rights Champions

EU Elections candidates are invited to sign the Child Rights Manifesto and form a new Intergroup on Children's Rights.Eurochild and the other 22 child rights organisations that form the #VoteforChildren…

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Children in Alternative care - Eurochild’s achievements in 2023

Annual Report 2023. Children in alternative care continue to be among the most vulnerable group of children to experience social exclusion in Europe. This past year we continued our efforts…

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Children’s Rights - Eurochild’s achievements in 2023

Annual Report 2023. In the midst of ongoing challenges threatening children's rights in 2023, Eurochild actively engaged in initiatives to advocate for, protect and promote the rights and well-being of…

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Digital - Eurochild’s achievements in 2023

Annual Report 2023. According to our latest research, children are going online for the first time at the age of 9.6 years old, despite most online platforms only being accessible…

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Child Participation - Eurochild’s achievements in 2023

Annual Report 2023. In 2023 Eurochild continued promoting child participation in decision making and implemented it in its internal procedures and projects. Our Achievements We gave Child Participation and Child…

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Acknowledgements - Annual Report 2023

The Secretariat team The Secretariat is the ‘engine room’ of the Eurochild network. We thank our staff and interns for their hard work in 2023. Executive Team Sabine Saliba, Secretary…

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Accountability - Annual Report 2023

Learn about our accounts and funding. Download the PDF Go back to the main Annual Report 2023 page

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Child Poverty- Eurochild’s achievements in 2023

Annual Report 2023. With 19.4 million EU children are at risk of poverty and vulnerable groups, like Roma children, facing even higher risks of growing up in poverty, Eurochild continues…

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Early Childhood - Eurochild’s achievements in 2023

Annual Report 2023. Increased support and public investment in nurturing care and quality early years services are essential for tackling child poverty, inequality and social exclusion, and breaking the intergenerational…

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Our Outreach and Communications in 2023

Annual Report 2023. After the online General Assembly on 16-17 May 2023, the Eurochild network reached 200 members in 42 countries. In 2023 we gave visibility to our members by…

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Children want the EU to step up their online protection

The VOICE project, led by ECPAT International, Eurochild and Terre des Hommes Netherlands, consulted 483 children on online safety in 2023. As many children can’t vote in the EU, their…

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Age assurance: a silver bullet?

Age assurance has been in the spotlight for some years now, often presented as a key step to implement certain legal instruments regarding the protection of children online, i.e. the…

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Eurochild network expands to 211 members across 42 countries and celebrates 2023 achievements at the annual General Assembly

The #EurochildGA on 23 May 2024 was attended by more than 135 participants from all over Europe. At the online meeting, Sabine Saliba has been formally appointed Eurochild Secretary General,…

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Council Conclusions on children, youth and children’s rights

The Conclusions on children's rights, adopted on 13 May by the Council, urge integration of children's rights into relevant policies, promoting child participation and prioritising their well-being. Eurochild calls on…

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Eurochild and Terre des Hommes launch new programme to support local CSOs tackle violence against children

Violence remains endemic across Europe and affects children in all communities and contexts. Often, children’s voices and experiences are absent in discussions related to preventing and tackling forms of violence…

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The revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive: an opportunity to strengthen the rights of child victims

In its position on the revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive, the European Parliament strengthens the measures to protect child victims and recognises the enhanced vulnerability of children in…

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Advancing Early Childhood Education and Care: insights from the recent Belgian Presidency event

On 2 and 3 May, the Belgian Presidency orchestrated a significant event titled "Investing in an inclusive and fair future for Europe. European Child Guarantee: from engagement to reality". The…

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Turning the Child Guarantee into reality to contrast the ongoing child poverty crisis

On 13 June, Eurochild hosted an informal gathering in its offices with Save the Children and the other EU Alliance for Investing in Children members, the EU Child Guarantee National…

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Strengthening measures to protect children from trafficking

On the 10th of June, Eurochild participated in the conference Achieving Dynamic and Resilient Systems for Protection, Healing, and Justice for Child Victims of Trafficking, organised by the Council of…

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New EU Guidelines to improve wellbeing and mental health in education across Europe

European Commission publishes new landmark Guidelines on well-being and mental health at school for policymakers, school leaders, teachers, and educators guided by Eurochild and member Learning for Wellbeing Foundation. Eurochild…

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Building a community of children’s rights supporters in 2024 – 2029 European Parliament

2024 Vote for Children Campaign: Eurochild members’ involvement The EU stands as one of the most prosperous and developed regions globally. Its institutions have the power to drive social progress…



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2 - 3 July 2024

Eurochild Convention 2024

The theme of the #EurochildConf is "Fostering Rights-Based Solutions to Tackle Child Poverty and Social Exclusion across Europe." 2-3 July 2024, Malta. Get ready for an exciting event where you…

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21 March 2024

#VoteForChildren Campaign Launch

21 March (10.00 - 12.00) European Parliament, Brussels The Vote for Children Campaign calls on future MEPs to promote and protect the rights of children throughout their mandate. At the…

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28 - 28 February 2024

Building Children’s Futures: The Children’s Report launch

28 FEBRUARY 2024, 15:00 - 17:00 CET We are delighted to invite you to the launch of a new children’s research report, conducted by UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre…

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17 January 2024

Eurochild Café on EU funds

17 January 2024 – 14:00-15:00 CET In late 2023, the European Commission released its latest calls for the CERV (Citizen, Equality, Rights and Values) Programme and the Erasmus+ Programme. As…

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7 - 7 December 2023

Reaching-In partners December meeting

7 DECEMBER; 09.30 – 17.00 CET Reaching-In partners working with Roma children in Spain and Bulgaria, children in residential care in Portugal, with children in foster care in Croatia and…

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20 - 20 June 2023

Children's voices on online safety: what do we need to learn?

Webinar by ECPAT, Eurochild and Down To Zero Alliance. Online, 20 June 2023, 2pm CEST This workshop will present an overview of the existing research on children’s views on online…

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16 - 17 May 2023

General Assembly & Members Day 2023

The Eurochild General Assembly & Members Day 2023 will be online on 16-17 May 2023. While the General Assembly sessions will include presentations and discussions on finances, activity reports and voting,…

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23 February 2023

Measuring progress in deinstitutionalisation and improving data availability, quality and comparability on children in alternative care

Recording and resources now available On 23 February Eurochild, in partnership with UNICEF ECARO, organised an expert online roundtable as part of our DataCare initiative on "Measuring progress in deinstitutionalisation and…

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29 November 2022

Putting early childhood at the heart of the European Child Guarantee

Save the date for the upcoming event by Eurochild and ISSA, co-leaders of the First Years, First Priority campaign, happening on Tuesday 29 November 2022, from 1200-14:00 CET, at the European Parliament in Brussels.…

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9 September 2022

Webinar: Introducing the EU Care Strategy

Stakeholders' Initial Reactions The European Commission will launch the new EU Care Strategy on 7 of September. In response to the launch, Eurochild EASPD, AGE Platform Europe, EDF, EPSU, COFACE Families…

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1 June 2022

A way forward towards family-based care

Do you want to learn more how civil society organisations can deliver a change for the most vulnerable children? Eurochild is organising a workshop highlighting the experiences of our Greek…

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10 - 11 May 2022

General Assembly 2022

Eurochild General Assembly will happen online on 10-11 May. Registrations are open until 6 May! If you are a member of Eurochild, go to the Members' Room to access the…

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17 February 2022

Information session on the Eurochild Children's Council

The deadline to apply and join the next Eurochild Children's Council is approaching! For this reason, we are inviting all interested young people invited to join an informal information session…

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8 February 2022

High-level meeting on Anti-Rights Movements in Europe and its Impact on Children’s Rights

On 8 February Eurochild is hosting a high-level meeting at the European Commission with: Dubravka Šuica European Commission Vice-President; Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner;Eurochild President Marie-Louise Coleiro-Preca.…

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18 November 2021

Education - A gateway to well-being for all children

RECORDING & RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE. On 18 November we celebrated World Children’s Day and the 32nd anniversary of the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) adoption…

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10 November 2021

Tackling disadvantage in early childhood: key findings and challenges

10 November 2021; 13:00-15:00 CET; online In this First Years First Priority Campaign event we will highlight the need for greater attention to early childhood development, including through more investment…

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9 November 2021

Child Guarantee - Equal chances for every child

We are pleased to invite you to this webinar hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU on social inclusion and implementation of the Child Guarantee. Eurochild's…

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11 - 12 October 2021

Eurochild brings children’s rights to the Fundamental Rights Forum

Eurochild will host two workshops to bring children’s rights to this annual gathering on pressing human rights challenges of today The Fundamental Rights Forum 2021 (11-12 October) is a unique…

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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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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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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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