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05.07.12 Annual Conference 2012 - Registration now open!

"Promoting the rights of children in alternative care across Europe"

Date: 24-26 October 2012

Venue: Dedeman Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria

Co-host: National Network for Children (Eurochild member)


Register now ! (Early bird rate until 3 September 2012)




Children growing up in care or at risk of being taken into care are among the most vulnerable in Europe. Whilst no consistent data exists across Europe, the number of children concerned is significant, probably well over 1˝ million.

Eurochild takes the opportunity of its 9th annual conference to look at how the rights of these children can be best protected and promoted. At a time of unprecedented strain on public finances – and on the child protection system – how can we ensure the best interest of the child is at the heart of all decision-making regarding children’s care?

We will bring the child rights perspective to highly relevant issues including:

  • the closing down of institutions;
  • preventing child abandonment and care placement of under 3s;
  • working with the biological families of children in care;
  • support for children with disabilities and their families; and
  • the transition to adulthood for children leaving care.

Our aim is to share experience of what is working across Europe to build a positive force for changing practice and bringing about policy reform.

The event is targeted at practitioners, academics and policy makers and will combine plenary sessions with workshops and study visits in and around Sofia. A group of children and young people with experience in the care system will accompany the event and bring their unique perspective into the debate.

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