Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to promote the rights and well-being of children and young people.
Our vision is of a society where children and young people grow up happy, healthy and confident and respected as individuals in their own right.
Our mission is to promote the rights and well-being of children in policy and practice through advocacy, membership exchange and research.
Our work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). An international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people a comprehensive set of rights.
The network is co-funded by the European Union’s programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). A financing instrument at EU level which promotes, amongst others, combating social exclusion & poverty.
Eurochild has 119 Full Members and 42 Associate Members in 35 countries across Europe (and Canada). 17 major member organisations operating nationally form the National Partners Network.
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Projects and campaigns are very important instruments of Eurochild's work. We take part or lead in many such activities:
THE EU ALLIANCE FOR INVESTING IN CHILDREN brings together over 20 European networks sharing a commitment to end child poverty and to promote child well-being across Europe. With over a quarter of children in the EU facing poverty and social exclusion, the Alliance pushes for full implementation of the European Commission Recommendation “Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage”.
CHILD RIGHTS MANIFESTO (2014): the Child Rights Manifesto was written by a coalition of 14 International and European child rights organisations. Nearly 100 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed and committed during the European Elections campaign (April-May 2014). We now call upon the remaining MEPs to also become "Child Rights Championsn".
OPENING DOORS: a campaign which operates at EU level and in 12 countries across Europe, calling on the EU and national governments to prioritise the transition from institutional to family-based care. We believe that the end of institutional care for children in Europe is possible and within our reach – putting the best interests of children back at the heart of Europe’s child protection systems.
LEARNING FOR WELL-BEING describes the journey of learning to realize our unique potential through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development in relation to self, others and the environment. Eurochild is member of the L4WB consortium.
TOGETHER YOUNG AND OLD (TOY): young children and senior citizens learning and developing in intergenerational community spaces. The purpose of this project is to create new possibilities for senior citizens and young children to learn and have fun together. We believe that this is more important than ever before in Europe.
DRIVERS (2012-2014): A three-year research project which aims to promote health equity through policy and practice in early childhood development, employment & working conditions, and income & social protection.
HEAR OUR VOICES: A European project that develops the support mechanisms needed to increase the participation of children with intellectual disabilities in their communities, be it in decision-making, school or leisure activities.