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Portugal and Norway team up on improving child participation

The Portuguese National Commission for Child Protection collaborated with the City of Oslo to publish a thematic glossary on child participation in vulnerable contexts and an inspiring guide of good child participation practices. The two publications aim at stimulating and supporting child participation, with a focus on special support measures to overcome vulnerabilities. 

THEMATIC GLOSSARY

The thematic glossary is a living document, developed with the active involvement of professionals working in child protection as well as children themselves. It brings together the concept of love in child care and children’s need for safety, love, and understanding (from the Norwegian Child Welfare Act) and a more innovative approach to child participation (from the Portuguese National Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2021-2024).

Its five pillars include:

  • the promotion of the well-being and equal opportunities for all children;
  • supporting families and parenting;
  • access to information and participation of children;
  • preventing and combating violence;
  • promoting and producing tools and scientific knowledge to enhance a global vision of children’s rights.

GUIDE ON GOOD CHILD PARTICIPATION

The guide features Portuguese and Norwegian good practices of child participation in early intervention and sport ethics. It is targeted towards professionals and the civil society with the aim of stimulating and supporting child participation opportunities, with special attention on vulnerable children.

Reach out to Mieke Schuurman at mieke.schuurman@eurochild.org to learn more about child participation projects.


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