Eurochild Conference 2014

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 national networks of child rights organisations are appointed as ‘National Partner Networks’.

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Projects and campaigns are very important instruments of Eurochild's work. We take part or lead in:

EU ALLIANCE FOR INVESTING IN CHILDREN: brings together 24 European networks sharing a commitment to end child poverty and to promote child well-being across Europe. It pushes for full implementation of the European Commission Recommendation  “Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage”.

CHILD RIGHTS MANIFESTO (2014): the 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 2014. We now call upon the remaining MEPs to also become "Child Rights Champions".

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.

ALTERNATIVES TO CUSTODY FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS: this 2-year international project focuses on remand and intensive fostering as alternatives to custody for young offenders. It's co-financed by the European Commission's "child-friendly justice" initiative.

RATIFY OP3: Children’s rights organisations around the world created this International Coalition to campaign for ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedur.

LEARNING FOR WELL-BEING describes the journey of learning to realise our unique potential through physical, emotional and mental development in relation to self, others and the environment. We are member of L4WB Consortium.

TOGETHER YOUNG AND OLD (TOY): 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: 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.