We are striving for a society where all children and young people grow up happy, healthy, confident and respected as individuals in their own right. We aim to bring about positive changes in the lives of children, in particular those affected by poverty and disadvantage. Our network: almost 200 members in 37 countries.
We reach our goal by influencing policies, building civil society capacity, facilitating mutual learning and exchanging practice and research. We are committed to child participation and to actively involve children in different aspects of our work.
Eurochild was established in 2004 by a group of organisations formerly working together in the European branch of the International Forum for Child Welfare. Eurochild works closely with the European Union, as protecting children’s rights is among the EU’s aims and values.
A major achievement of the network was its contribution to the European Commission Recommendation 2013/112/EU on investing in children. Eurochild also supports the work of the Council of Europe and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
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We need to push for child protection reforms, prioritising investment in the early years, and ‘normalising’ child participation. The only future that the peoples of Europe, can rely on, is by investing in all the children of Europe.
“The Children’s Human Rights Centre of Albania“ CRCA works to promote the respect of children and youth rights, to protect them from violence, abuse and exploitation, to develop children and youth rights in Albania and to increase child and youth participation at national and local level through lobby and advocacy, policy and legislation improvement; capacity building information and research and establishment of good models of services of child care and protection. CRCA promotes the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and all other national and international human rights standards.
CONCORDIA Social Projects has set its goal to enable children to grow up happily to have independent lives. CONCORDIA gives them a safe home and opens up future chances for them through a well-founded education. It supervises, advises accompanies and helps quickly and directly in emergency situations. CONCORDIA supports families and brings them back together. In acute crises it offers children a secure possibility to grow up in a family-like environment with dependable caregivers in our facilities.
Kinderdorf is a non profit humanitarian services organisation mainly financed by government sponsorship and donations which aims to provide services for children, adolescents and families in need. It was founded after World War II to take care of war orphans; however neglected and abused children have replaced orphans as target groups since then. In the 1980’s, the mission was extended to include services for children, adolescents and families services as well as projects for prevention.
SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for more than 130 affiliated national SOS Children’s Village associations worldwide. It takes action for children as an independent, non-governmental and non-denominational social development organisation by providing family-based care for children who have lost their parents or can no longer live with them. SOS Children’s Villages also supports vulnerable children and their families through programmes aimed at ensuring that they have access to essential services and at providing health educational and psycho-social support.
Sharon Schneider is affiliated amongst others with the Siegen University and INDOSOW (International Doctoral Studies in Social Work). She co-wrote studies on transcultural school social work practice and on implementation of the UN CRC.
The Austrian National Coalition was established in 1997 on behalf of the first supplementary report on the Report of the Federal Republic of Austria to the United Nations. Focal points in their work are: education, youth welfare, unaccompanied refugee children, participation, child poverty, Federal Constitutional Law on the Rights of the Child, coordination, juvenile justice, violence, integration/migration, education on children’s rights, prevention, protection of children, children with a disability, health, international cooperation, child trafficking, child pornography and child prostitution, children and armed conflicts, international adoptions.
Active Citizen Europe (ACE) fosters the integration of children within society through innovative and participatory programmes, capacity building, advocacy, intercultural work, digital literacy and the promotion of a multipronged citizenship education. ACE pioneers community-based programmes for young people to encourage integration and prevent marginalization.
Alliance for Childhood European Network group’s vision is that European societies place the quality of childhood in the centre of all their activities and thoroughly assesses the effects of their decisions on children. Their main mission is to increase the respect for childhood as a basis for human development and to create awareness of the needs of all children; it aims at developing and inspiring ideas for solutions to those problems which could endanger the good quality of childhood. It provides a platform for policy makers, decision makers, researchers, practitioners, parents and all people that have an influence on children’s lives.
The Child Rights Coalition Flanders is a network of non-governmental organisations that aims at monitoring the compliance with the UNCRC, actively promotes the rights of the child and constructively contributes to the process of reporting on the implementation of the UNCRC. The Kinderrechtencoalitie does this by gathering information and expertise related to the application of the UNCRC working to build and strengthen the network of NGOs working with/for children and by doing advocacy and lobbying work, monitoring policies and spreading the vision and recommendations of the NGOs.
The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre is a non-profit organisation that operates on the intersection between children’s rights research policy and practice in Flanders, Belgium and abroad. KeKi’s activities aim to contribute to a better understanding of children’s rights in a variety of professional contexts. KeKi encourages researchers, policy makers and professionals to integrate and contextualise children’s rights in their work and to take a reflective stance towards what children’s rights can mean in their specific work. As a knowledge actor, Keki’s role is to gather and share existing knowledge and expertise about children’s rights make this knowledge useful and accessible for different professional contexts and – where gaps in knowledge exist – create or co-create new knowledge. All KeKi’s work is based on interdisciplinary academic research and inspired by a critical self-reflective approach.
VBJK is a resource, research and training centre in early childhood education and care, which keeps track of evolution on the ground and in research and monitors national and international changes. VBJK is committed to support and improve the daily work of professionals by connecting all involved parties: children, parents, practitioners, researchers, policymakers and all possible relevant organisations. VBJK provides coaching projects and develop research.
DECET brings together a network of European organisations and projects with common goals about valuing diversity in early childhood education and training. The network aims at promoting and studying democratic child care acknowledging the multiple (cultural and other) identities of children and families. They view early childhood provisions as meeting places where people can learn form each other across cultural and other borders and therefore as public provisions that can effectively address prejudices and discrimination. In this sense early childhood education makes a clear contribution to the construction of European citizenship.
Don Bosco International is advocating for children and youth with special focus on young migrants and their social inclusion. Don Bosco aims at empowering young people for the transition from education to employment and at fighting against poverty and social exclusion.
ELIANT is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) active in civil society that works with other organisations to create a regulatory framework which allows parents to decide personally how they want their child to be educated, which enables each individual to choose the medicine in which he or she has confidence and which helps to introduce, maintain and develop products which are produced in a way that sustains the earth and the environment.
The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) comprises 26 national Waldorf Associations, representing 700 schools in Europe. Their purpose is to strengthen and develop Steiner education in their member countries through active interest and a mutual sharing of experience.
During the last 15 years Julien Van Geertsom was chair of the federal administration Social Integration and Fight Against Poverty. One of their priorities was the fight against child poverty and promotion of child well-being. They developed a national plan against child poverty. On the European level they developed an action plan for the fight against child poverty. As an individual expert he decided to join Eurochild to share his knowledge and experiences and support keeping the topic of child poverty on the political agenda.
Kind and Gezin is a Flemish governmental agency with responsibility for young children and families in Flanders (Northern part of Belgium). Its main task is to implement government policy for young children and their families, in particular in the fields of preventive care child care services, family support diversity and children’s rights. Their activities include prevention services for future parents and families with children under the age of three and home visits and consultations.
Learning for Well-being Foundation is an advocacy foundation that supports realising our unique and full potential through the development of our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects in relation to self others and the environment. The Foundation has developed “”Learning for Well-being”” – a process-oriented approach to life, a language and a tool that cultivates capacities of individuals and communities to inspire a shift of mindset that places well-being at the center of all our endeavours.
Margareta Kovacova is a Doctor of Laws specialized in children’s rights with a great legal professional experience in human rights organisations as well as in the European Parliament. Margareta works as an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant for the Office of József Nagy (Slovakia MEP, member of the Children’s Rights Intergroup).
Maud Stiernet is a Vienna based, experienced Communications Specialist with a teacher’s background. Maud has a lot of acquaintances with the disability field & children’s rights, a sound knowledge of family – based care and a good understanding of the stakeholders. She became a UN guidelines specialist and studied their implementation. As a consultant she is training or advising on narrative strategies, design thinking and accessibility tools (especially for children and students).
The Office of Birth and Childhood (Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance) is a public institution developing birth and childhood policies. The ONE is an independent organism under the Minister for Childhood of the Wallonia & Brussels Federation. Its two main missions are to support the child’s development within the family and social environment and to advise and support pregnant women parents and families through medical and social action in order to ensure the global wellbeing of children.
Association „Novi put“ was established in 2010 at the State level of Bosnia and Herzegovina aimed at prevention and combating of human and child trafficking, all forms of child and gender-based violence. Given the significant increase in BiH children victims of human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery, as well as online exploitation, “Novi put” has been particularly focused on prevention and combating of all forms of child exploitation and violence against children. „Novi put“ has been implementing its programs comprised of education and grass root prevention activities among categories vulnerable to the said phenomena, as well as of counselling support to potential and genuine victims; lobbying and information campaigns; training, seminars and workshops for both, relevant national agencies and general public. “Novi put” integrated all child rights-based approach (CRBA) provisions and approach in all segments of its work, communication with children and on behalf of children
The aim of the Cedar Foundation is to facilitate positive social change in Bulgaria by assisting the provision of quality community-based care for disadvantaged children and young people. They achieve this by working with the state and local governments to create viable means of de-institutionalisation in Bulgaria. They use expert and professional consultants to structure and create models applicable to Bulgaria’s unique characteristics, facilitating training of care givers and personnel currently working in Bulgaria’s orphanages as well as recruiting and training future alternative care staff members.
The Social Activities and Practices Institute Association (SAPI) was established in 2001 by professionals working in the area of social work and social policy. The Institute works in partnership with a number of non-governmental organisations in both Bulgaria and abroad as well as with the government to enhance the national policy for socially disadvantaged people. The organisation focuses on developing community-based services providing real support for the disadvantaged.
For Our Children Foundation is a Bulgarian NGO which works in partnership with children families, communities, local and national authorities, protecting the rights of the child in Bulgaria. They develop contemporary practices and lobby for changes in the policy in order to improve the situation of the most marginalized children.
The Know-how centre was set up to support the governmental project aimed at closing the institutions for children in Bulgaria trough provision of consultancy and research and to generate evidences on DI of children in Bulgaria to the international audience of professionals and policy makers. NHC works with the government to develop effective strategy of DI and Bulgarian expertise to guide the DI projects. It ensures that the process is monitored and the errors in policy and implementation are identified and resolved.
The National Network for Children Association aims to ensure the rights and welfare of children and families in Bulgaria. They carry out advocacy and lobbying campaigns in partnership with NGOs, institutions and individuals and also with the support of the children themselves. Its team of experts produces informed policies for children and families. They also actively work to consolidate the non-governmental organisations working in the field of children and families, while improving communication to exchange experiences and good practices between them.
Coordination of Associations for Children is a non-profit organisation that advocates for children’s rights and promotes the interests and welfare of children guided by the principles of tolerance, understanding and respect for children’s rights and needs. The fundamental objective of CAC is to create a society in which all children’s rights will be effectively protected in accordance with the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the best quality of life for all children, especially those who are socially marginalised.
Union of Societies “Our children” is fighting for better position of child in society and protection of children’s rights, according to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, as well as national and other international instruments for children. Its mission is carried out in cooperation with other Our children societies and related associations by designing and organizing actions and activities with and for children in their free time. The Union provides support to children’s participation in the local community and encourages local communities and institutions in the protection and care of children under the principle of the best interests of the child.
“The Association “Our Children” Opatija is a non governmental not-for-profit voluntary organisation, which promotes the realisation of children’s rights in society, encourages and maintains interest in freely chosen activities of preschool and school-aged children in their free time and helps in shaping the democratic and humanistic behavior of children.
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Zagreb is the only higher education institution in Croatia that creates and offers university-level programmes in speech-language pathology, educational rehabilitation and social pedagogy in addition to developing and advancing high-quality research as well as clinical best practices in these areas. Its mission is education based on scientific knowledge in these areas with the aim of including vulnerable groups into the community, by influencing individuals and social environments as well as influencing policy making and social benefits, in compliance with the principles of professional ethics and responsibility.
FICE Croatia aims to protect human and children’s rights and improve living conditions of children and youth in Croatia. Their work based on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child. The organisation legally registered in 2016. FICE Croatia promotes the active participation of care leavers in the society and advocating for the best interest of the child insuring that no more children stay in institutions. The organization works together with different care leavers network in the EU and organizing training for professionals in Croatia. They focus on the active participation of child and youth in their activities. The President of the organization is Ljiljana Ban.
Ivana Jedud Boric is social pedagogue and assistant professor in the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences in the University of Zagreb. Ivana is actively involved in various programmes and interventions for children and youth such as mentoring programmes education on child’s rights and social skills training. Ivana currently focuses on child participation through research, education, consultation and advocacy.
The aims of the Ombudsman for Children Croatia are the protection, monitoring and promotion of the rights and interests of children on the basis of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia & international treaties and laws. It also aims at informing and advising children on the realization and protection of their rights and interests, visiting children children placed in institutions or in alternative care and taking part in legislative drafting process concerning with the rights of children.
ZHZD help Croatian children in need of support in achieving a better and more meaningful upbringing. They also complement and strengthen the efforts of government bodies to achieve a better life for children. They operate through the design and implementation of our own projects and supporting the work of other institutions whose mission includes the well-being of children. Finally, they make sure that the public knows about the needs of children and that the Foundation represents an effective platform of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in the daily improvement of their conditions of growth and development.
Centre for the Culture of Dialogue is an NGO in Croatia that supports children and families living in the conditions of poverty through educational workshops, leisure activities, learning support, social mentorship, and overall psychosocial support. Their main programme My Place Under the Sun started in 2015 and provides children from a disadvantaged socioeconomic position (including Roma and children with learning difficulties) with a stimulating environment in which they have the opportunity to participate in activities that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The Centre also have advocacy projects addressing family and child poverty at local level.
The Pancyprian Coordinating Committee for the Protection and Welfare of Children (PCCPWC) is the National Body coordinating the District Committees for the Protection and Welfare of Children. Officially founded in 1994; apart from its coordinating role, the PCCPWC safeguards and promotes children’s rights and addresses the problems faced by children in exercising these rights. PCCPWC is committed to working towards the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Council FONI was created as a statutory body by law to implement the National Strategy for the Combatting of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and Child Pornography, and its members are appointed by the Council of Ministers of Cyprus. Its members comprise the Council President, representatives from the Ministries of Health, Social Welfare, Education, Justice, the Attorney General’s Office, the Committee for combatting violence in the family and three NGOs. Its responsibilities include drafting the National Strategy and action plan to combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children and child pornography, suggesting possible legislation improvements or amendments, creating social awareness, evaluating and co-ordinating all actions carried out in Cyprus by any body or organisation regarding sexual abuse of children, as well as developing cooperation with other relevant organizations in the areas of the Council’s competences.
Alliance for the Rights of the Child non-officially has been operating since 1998 as the national coalition for the rights of the child in Czechia. The Alliance was finally registered legally in 2018. The main task of ADP is to advocate for the rights of the child and to monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Czechia. The organization aims to be as participatory as possible and invites children to take part in alternative reporting.
Second After consists of current and former residents of institutional and foster care. Their main goal is to promote the rights and interests of children outside of a family.
Velky vuz Sever is an organisation focusing on the enhancement of social workers, teachers and foster carers’ skills in assisting children and their families by means of interactive training based on model situations followed by feedback, case studies and methods of experiential learning. Besides delivering training, it publishes tools and methodological handbooks for social workers.
In the Interest of the Child – the Civic Association wishes to contribute to better quality care for children growing up outside their own family by providing both theoretical and practical information about the care of children growing up outside their own family. The Association gathers news, researches, practical experience, statistics, legislative adjustments standards of care, methodology and other information about this issue.
Fairstart offers free online training programmes for caregivers and leaders at children’s institutions or other group care settings and foster care parents. The programmes consist of 13-15 training sessions that include all basic aspects of quality care for children, illustrated through text and video. The programmes teach caregivers how to improve child development and well being, how to cope with traumatized children, how to handle many children per adult and much more. Furthermore, participants train collaborative competences between leaders and staff, between foster parents and authorities and biological parents.
Geert Jorgensen is a child rights expert based in Denmark, working as an independent consultant developing social services and offering assistance in strategic planning, organisational development and counseling for managements and boards. Geert Jorgensen was previously the Managing Director of LOS, which mostly gathers group homes and residential homes for children and youth and special schools.
The Joint Council for Child Issues is a Danish umbrella organisation that actively takes part in the political debate on child poverty through the publishing of relevant information and commenting on proposals for new legislation. Its vision is a Denmark without child poverty, “a Denmark where children’s right of participation, self-determination, health, development and security is a reality.
Estonian Union for Child Welfare is a non-profit umbrella organisation that contributes to ensuring children’s rights and shaping a child-friendly society. Founded in 1988, the Union participates actively in a variety of national and international networks. Estonian Union for Child Welfare follows the four core principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in its activities: non-discrimination, adherence to the best interest of the child, the right to life survival and development and the right of the child to be heard.
Central Union for Child Welfare (CUCW) founded in 1937 is a central organisation that works as an active and uniting force in matters relating to children’s rights on a national and European level. The CUCW aims for a situation where children’s needs are a priority in decision-making and children’s rights are implemented in full. The mission of the CUCW is to develop child welfare and to promote cooperation between non-governmental organisations, municipalities and state authorities. The CUCW has 96 NGO members and 39 municipal members.
Pesäpuu Ry is a national centre of expertise in child welfare. Their main goals are to hear children’s voices and make children visible in child welfare services. They develop methods and concrete tools that help achieving these goals. Pesäpuu Ry aims to increase both quality and systematic planning in child welfare. Pesäpuu Ry runs its operations in the close contact of municipalities, educational institutions and both national and international non-governmental organisations.
The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters is a nationwide child welfare organisation that helps children and families in difficult and insecure situations and prevents domestic violence. The Federation is the central organisation for its 31 member associations. The independent member associations across Finland maintain 10 mother and child homes, 7 homes focusing on treatment of drug and alcohol-related problems and 17 shelters for the victims of domestic violence. Most of the associations also have daytime services. More than 12.000 people, approximately 4.000 of whom are children who use the association’s services every year.
The Mannerheim League is the largest child welfare organisation in Finland that promotes the wellbeing of children and of families with children increases respect for childhood and ensures that children’s views are taken into account in public decision-making. The Mannerheim League relies on partnerships; it works with numerous organisations, businesses and networks in Finland and abroad.
Founded in 1948, the National Federation of Association for Child Protection – France is a federation that brings together professional organisations as well as networks of social, education, medico-social and judicial organisation administrators. The Federation’s actions mainly target children in the framework of a global approach, integrating all the aspects of the children and their life context. The Federation promotes the importance of children in political developments regarding child protection, disabled people, family, justice and inclusion, and strives for children to be a political priority.
Founded in 1892, the Association Samuel Vincent has been developing actions jointly with national and departmental authorities in order to promote education, animation and social action. Their main area of activities are early prevention, protection of minors and family support.
Anne Williams is an independent consultant working in the field of child welfare and children’s rights in a European context. She helped to set up Eurochild and was the Acting Secretary General from January to December 2004. She was the Co-ordinator of Eurochild’s Child Poverty Work Programme until December 2004 and is currently a Consultant to Eurochild. Prior to this, she was the Acting Secretary General of the European Forum for Child Welfare until October 2002 and before that, she was the Director for Children and Young People with the Children’s Society Cymru in Wales, UK.
Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE) is a pan-European membership-based organisation working to protect, promote and further the rights of children affected by the imprisonment of a parent. With 84 members and affiliates in 28 countries across Europe and beyond COPE works to raise awareness about the rights, needs and best interests of this particular group of children aiming to boost their visibility so that they are included on policy agendas at the national European and international levels.
The Secours Populaire supports people and families living in poverty or in precarious situation to enable them to have food, clothes, access care, receive legal support, go on holiday and enjoy social activities. The Secours Populaire also works for and with children and young people that are particularly vulnerable.
The Fondation des Apprentis d’Auteuil aims at defending the right to have a future for the most disadvantaged children and young people. The Foundation welcomes boys and girls aged from 0 to 25 that are in social, familial or affective difficulty, respecting their origin and religion. They offer them education, schooling, vocational training and prepares them to enter into life.
Group SOS Youth fights social exclusion and aims at ensuring access to social services for everyone. The Youth section of the Group’s main activities are child care, education through sport, proximity sponsorship, hosting support and guidance to children and adolescents in trouble, in danger or having disabilities. SOS Youth Group works with over 10 000 children and adolescents per year. They adapt their actions according to each child and preserves family ties to a maximum extent.
The mission of Initiatives of Change is to develop active citizenship by helping children young people and adults to be partners of change for a better way to live together. The childhood pole is composed by two programs : Education for Peace, which aims at promoting psychosocial development of children and young people and CATS, an international conference where children, young people and adults work together toward a more inclusive and sustainable society.
Nexem is an umbrella organisation representing the employers of the non-for-profit social services sector in France (child protection, persons with disabilities, older people, social inclusion and health services). Nexem aims at contributing to the development of public policies (including those related to children’s rights) to best respond to the changing challenges of the sector. It exchanges with the legislator and government agencies as well as central and local administrations to support the development of adequate public policies affecting services provision and their beneficiaries, including children.
The Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kinder- und Jugendhilfe (AGJ) is an alliance of German child and youth welfare organisations and institutions which works at the Federal level. AGJ is the legal entity of the National Coalition for the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of The Child in Germany.
BJR is the standing conference of Youth leagues Youth organisations and Youth initiatives in Bavaria. With 103 district and regional Youth councils BJR is represented across Bavaria. More than two third of all Bavarian children and adolescents utilise and design the offerings and facilities of Youth work organisations. The main aim of the BJR is to represent the interests of young people in Bavaria by developing Youth work policies that meet the needs and promote Youth work in its widest sense.
German Children’s Fund aims to improve the situation of children in Germany. Their main areas of work include child poverty child participation, refugee children, right to leisure and play, media competency and children’s rights in schools. The basis of their work is the UNCRC and they have a new unit for the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child in Germany (focusing on child-friendly justice child participation, equal opportunities/ refugee children children’s rights in the digital environment).
Kindermitte is an association for social entrepreneurs in the field of early education based in Hamburg founded in 2012. Kindermitte has more than 30 members in Germany. The umbrella organization has a great network in the area of early childhood development. The current president of the organization is Peter Schmied-Kowarzik, managing director is Dr. Sarah Stueber.
The National Coalition Germany is network focusing on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. It reports regularly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and other international bodies. In the intervals between country examinations it conducts researches in Germany and advocacy activities geared towards decision-makers in the field of children’s rights in Germany.
Bertelsmann Stiftung has a long-lasting experience with building up prevention chains in municipalities to offer equal opportunities to all children. They work together with academia in the relevant field and deliver their projects’ outcomes in a collaborative way, providing evidence-based advice to communities. In the next years, they are planning to focus on participation, digitalisation and improving legal framework of child protection systems.
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is the global body for the profession. The Federation and its national members strive for social justice, human rights and inclusive, sustainable social development through the promotion of social work best practice and engagement in international cooperation.
The Union of Women of Heraklion runs shelters for women victims of violence and for homeless people. It also operates a counselling centre, drives project for the integration of victims of the economic crisis and since 2010 opened a shelter for abandoned children (0-6).
The Smile of the Child is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation that protects children’s rights and provides them with emotional and psycho social support through varied services. Children who suffer from health problems or any type of abuse, neglect or abandonment are within the organisation’s mandate.
The Society for the Development and Creative Occupation of Children (EADAP) is an NGO whose primary role is the study, promotion and dissemination of educational innovations to develop the potential of all children from preschool age to their first years at school. EADAP was founded in 1992 by a group of academic specialists and since then it has been participating in European and international networks, engaging in academic research, implementing training programs specialising in continuous in-service training organising innovative education activities for young children and encouraging cooperation between parents-teachers-educational bodies.
Roots Research Centre was established in 1999 in Athens by adult adoptees. The Centre’s activities range from the support of adult adoptees in search of their roots as well as to promote the notion of fostering and adoption as means of a special social practice in the field of Child Protection. The Centre maintains a research and registration databank for those in search of their roots.
Prolepsis Institute is a non-profit organisation active in the field of public health since 1991. With a strong belief that health is a fundamental, non-negotiable and inalienable right for every human being. Prolepsis has had a leading role in the field of public health both at national and European levels. It carries out scientific research but also actions against child poverty, food insecurity and child obesity.
ERGO is committed to helping children and young people, particularly those living in disadvantage. Their main activities are promoting well-being of children and young people, strengthening of their psycho-social skills, advocate for children’s rights, participate in supportive social networks and develop psycho-pedagogical training material.
The European Social Fund Coordination and Monitoring Authority (EYSEKT) was established in 2001 in order to monitor the implementation of ESF policies through actions being realized in the country by 4 Sectoral and 13 Regional Operational Programmes and to coordinate the design the implementation and the evaluation of these actions.
“Iliachtida” is a non-governmental organisation that established the first Hospitality Centre for Sick Children and Family in order to host sick children and mothers who come from all parts of Greece and Cyprus to receive treatment in hospitals of Athens. Iliachtida offers to these families services such as nutrition, financial support (cover basic expenses), psychological and educational support.
Network for Children’s Rights (NCR) is a non-profit organization, established in 2004, whose aim is to safeguard the rights of children as set out by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. NCR therefore, reaches out to all children, regardless of ethnic origin, race, gender, religion or language, through specialized educational programmes, creative groups and extra-curricular activities. NCR also provides psychosocial and legal support.
The Panhellenic Association of Adapted Activities “ALMA” is a non-profit organisation and a certified primary and secondary care provider, created in 1996 with the purpose of education and creative activities for persons with intellectual disability and autism, through educational, sporting and cultural activities aiming to their psychosocial development and integration into a society of equal opportunities. Their programs promote the autonomous and dignified living of people with disabilities, aiming at raising awareness of the community. ALMA Association organizes and implements activities that include actions for young people and adults that promote the autonomy of people with disabilities, the advocacy and the acceptance of difference in all its aspects, aiming at their psychosocial development total integration of equal opportunities.
Terre des hommes is the leading Swiss child relief agency which goal is to steadily improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide. They are focused on five main objectives: Improving the health of infants up to the age of 3 and of children in need of specialised medical care, protecting migrant children, preventing child exploitation, promoting restorative justice for children in trouble with the law and providing humanitarian aid to children and their families in times of emergency and crisis. The Foundation has operational programs in Albania Kosovo Moldova and Romania with a recent emergency program in Ukraine.
Hintalovon Foundation is a child rights NGO, aiming to promote and facilitate in practice the rights and well-being of children in Hungary. They operate a website and a mobile application for children between 10 and 18 on their self-image, relationships and sexuality, supported by a chat service, as well as a website for adults. The Pro Bono Child Rights Centre provides legal assistance and if necessary, representation to children and families in crisis. The Foundation’s trainings, research, case studies and other publications on children’s rights aim primarily at sensitizing professionals in child care, child protection and in the justice system. The lobby activity and awareness-raising campaigns contribute to the shaping of attitudes toward children in Hungary, in which child participation is both a means and an end. Hintalovon also publishes annual Child Rights Reports mirroring all reported changes in the legal child protection or other systems affecting children’s lives in Hungary.
Family, Child, Youth Association was established in 1993 with the objective of supporting the protection of children and strengthening families and family ties by fortifying, training and providing services to those involved and to the professionals working with them. Their main tasks include the adaptation of child and family protection programs already successfully employed abroad, the involvement in international research and training programs, the organisation of national and international conferences, the distribution of information and raising awareness.
Founded in 2003, ENGSO Youth is a European youth sport organisation promoting the involvement of children and young people in all aspects of sport, including participation governance and decision-making. ENGSO Youth represents at European level the interests of people under the age of 35 volunteering, participating or working in sport.
The Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights is the legal successor of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights, who ensures the effective, coherent and most comprehensive protection of fundamental rights and in order to implement the Fundamental Law of Hungary.
NestingPlay is a social enterprise with the mission to improve the learning outcomes and social inclusion of early-age children (3-8 years) with atypical development. They work on early childhood education with the power of play (Learning through Play) to improve children’s social, emotional, creative, and cognitive skill development. Nestingplay’s methodology builds on the traditions of the Hungarian special education (A. Peto and A. Deveny) as well as the sensory-based development (M. Montessori and J. Ayres) methods. They provide education support activities to teachers in different educational institutions, parents, and municipalities, following a child’s development from 3 to 8 years. All these services are available for economically disadvantaged (and often segregated communities) and mainstream communities. The founder and CEO of Nestingplay is Eszter Harsányi.
The goal of the Children’s Rights Alliance is to secure the changes in legislation policies and services required to ensure the implementation in Ireland of the principles and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In accordance with this goal, the Alliance has been pursuing key objectives since its establishment in 1995; these are realising and defending children’s rights, monitoring and identifying the gaps in the protection of children’s rights and improving the implementation of law and Government policies.
Helen Lynch is Director of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Studies programme and a member of the steering committee of ISS21 Childrern and Young Peoples group. In 2004 she joined the department of Occupational Therapy in UCC as full-time lecturer and Director of Brookfield Occupational Therapy Clinic. She designed and coordinated the second year Occupational Therapy programme, focusing on Occupational Therapy applied to early childhood and teenagers for eight years. She is now Year Four coordinator and leads the teaching on research in the programme. She supervises undergraduate research projects related to children and family-centred practice and delivers masters modules in professional reasoning.
Hugh Frazer is an independent expert who advises national European and international organisations (e.g. European Commission and UNICEF) and NGOs (e.g. Eurochild, European Anti Poverty Network, ESN) on the development of social inclusion policies and strategies with a particular focus on issues of child poverty.
Robbie Gilligan is a Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland. Robbie has been a social work educator and social researcher for 40 years. He is still a registered social worker, and an active researcher (having recently retired from my formal duties as Professor). The main focus of his research relates to children and young people in alternative care and adult care leavers. On a more limited basis, his work has also engaged with migrant children and with children with disabilities. In his research, Robbie emphasises approaches that foreground the child’s experience and needs, and policy relevance. The ecological perspective on the child’s reality is also prioritised, respecting the role of family, school and other social systems close to the child’s daily reality. In all of his work, Robbie endeavours to promote the rights of the child through deepening understanding of their needs, experiences and rights. Robbie is a National Correspondent in Eurochild’s DataCare project for Ireland.
Established in 2012, the Child Law Project examines and reports on judicial childcare proceedings. The organisation attends and reports on Irish District Court childcare hearings, High Court special care hearings, and wardship cases involving children and young adults who have previously been in care. It operates under a protocol to protect the anonymity of the children and their families subject to proceedings. It uses information from the cases it attends to identify emerging trends. The Child Law Project also conducts legal and policy analysis and research to identify possible reforms to address the difficulties observed through its court reporting work. It provides information to the public on the operation of the childcare system in the courts with the aim of promoting transparency and accountability. Finally, it communicates the findings from its work to policy makers and elected officials through direct engagement.
The UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (UCFRC) in University of Galway, has established a solid foundation as the foremost policy research centre in Ireland focused on improving the lives of children and families. Founded in 2007, it has delivered a range of research/evaluation reports, as well as a volume of peerreviewed academic outputs. It has a strong record of accomplishment in the area of rights-based consultations with children and young people and youth-led research.
Cesvi is an independent association working for global solidarity in developing countries and in Europe. The main activities of Cesvi are ensuring survival (e.g. reducing mortality rate of children), guaranteeing protection (e.g. protection and reception of children victims of exploitation or abuse) promoting development (e.g. right to education and schooling) and supporting participation (CYP participation). In Europe, Cesvi currently focuses on the protection and integration of unaccompanied refugee children and aims to prevent identify and respond to cases of child maltreatment.
CIFA is engaged in improving the living conditions of needy or abandoned children and adolescents by encouraging them to develop their own identity and by ensuring a family and a harmonious growth. Moreover, CIFA promotes the culture of children’s rights as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child with the following activities: international cooperation in development, international adoption and children’s rights promotion.
The “Riccardo Massa” department of Human Sciences for Education promotes an interdisciplinary study of the educational process that values both reflection-heuristics and concrete lived experience. With its research, research centers and laboratories it aims at ensuring that children can experience their rights in all aspects of life by training educators and teachers raising public awareness and trying to disseminate a culture of respect and non-violence against children.
The mission of the Foundation is to define the best development and communication patterns through research and educational programmes in order to improve human relationships. The Foundation promotes the fundamental right to education. Scientific research and promotion of social wellness and children’s rights are the main activities of the Foundation.
L’Albero della Vita is a humanitarian organisation that implements effective actions to protect children and safeguard as well as promotes their rights to grow up in a safe and suitable environment. It aims at ensuring children’s wellbeing by creating opportunities for a decent, full and satisfactory life; offering them a proper nutrition, personal and medical care, age-appropriate leisure, social and sports activities, as well as the chance of freely nurturing their most intimate aspirations.
The Istituto degli Innocenti focuses mostly on the promotion of children’s rights. It spreads documentation, carries out training on the conditions of children and on the implement of laws and polices on childhood at local national and international level. It has conducted agreements with different bodies and performs the function of National Documentation and Analysis Centre on Childhood and Adolescence for the Tuscany Region and the secretariat of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood. Moreover the Institutes carries out activities for the Commission for Inter country adoption and also offers services (e.g. shelter for minor, shelter for pregnant women and mothers with children).
Mission Bambini is an Italian charitable foundation established in 2000 which helps and supports children living in poverty sickness and without education by giving them the opportunity and hope of a better life. Mission Bambini is an independent recognized as an ONLUS (Non-profit Organization of Social Value) which conducts projects in Italy and abroad.
Telefono Azzurro is one of the most well-known children’s rights organisation in Italy working for and with children over 30 years now. It was founded in 1987 in Bologna with the purpose to listen to children’s establishing their work on Article 12 of the UNCRC. Today they offer helplines and hotlines (by phone, web, chat, apps) and promote prevention initiatives through education and awareness projects for students, educators, general public, and policymakers in Italy. Telefono Azzurro works closely with the the Department of Family Policies which carries out the function of the national hotline. They have an exclusive role in supporting children and families in child protection related issues including in the digital environment.
Equipe Formation Youthstart Sardinia (EFYS) was established in 1997 within the framework of the European Sirio-Youthstart Project. The main purposes are to:
The ICAM (Including Children Affected by Migration) Network is dedicated to upholding all aspects of the UNCRC, which forms the founding principles of the organisation. They provide support and guidance for any individuals or organisations seeking to improve the inclusion in education and society, and the subsequent personal development and life chances of all children disadvantaged by their circumstances. Currently the focus of the network is the provision, and wide dissemination, of comprehensive programmes for improving the inclusion in education of all 15 million European children affected by migration, through their improved social and emotional well-being in school and at home, and consequently their access to learning and personal development.
Rosalba Mirci has extensive experience in the field of child protection and international adoptions. Since 2010 she has been working for the Association Solidarity Adoptions (ASA), an accredited body for international adoptions, authorized by the Italian Central Authority in the chair of the Council of Ministers. She is responsible for the Association’s international cooperation and social planning. She has recently embarked on an international collaboration to exchange best practices in foster care and transition to adulthood. With her work, she hopes to contribute to the empowerment of a community of educating adults who can consciously take care of their children.
Childproof (CIPOF) is a NGO recognized by the Ministry of Public Services in Kosovo. Founded in 2008, it focuses on community development and has goals in education with particular attention to preschool. The mission of CIPOF includes the educational development of preschoolers through innovative teaching methods. It also aims at teaching peace and conflict management in schools and at training teachers and raising local community awareness on the children’s rights.
Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo – KOMF, established in June 2011, is a coalition composed of local and international NGOs working in the child protection field with the joint mission to advocate and protect the rights of children in Kosovo.
The Latvian Child Welfare Network unites well-known organisations in Latvia working for children on social health and educational questions. The goal of the LCWN is to advocate for children’s rights and ensure the increase of the physical, social, mental and material well-being of children in Latvia by making use of the right of civil society to participate in decision making and monitoring its implementation.
Latvian Protect the Children is a children’s rights protection organisation that functions in about 30 countries around the world and strives to secure child rights. It provides support to children who have not received help from official institutions for any reasons, such as incompetence neglect or unwillingness.
Dr. Puras serves as Head and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Social Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University. He also teaches health policy and public mental health at the Institute of International Relations and Policy Studies at the same university. Dr. Puras is a member of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Auto moto group is a national service provider based in Lithuania. The organisation implements a variety of social projects focusing on non-formal education and youth activities. They have been organizing a summer camp for children for three years. The main idea of the camp is to strengthen social relationships among different social groups of children in order to contribute to the reduction of crime and other violations of law, bullying, suicide prevention. They also organize activities to raise awareness on citizenship and build tolerance. In 2018 the camp received the Award for a Safe Society form the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. The organization delivers programmes also at schools and centres, physical and theoretical lessons about active lifestyle and its impact on human well – being physical exercises under adopted karate methodology.
The Lithuanian Informal Coalition focuses on the de-institutionalisation of persons with disabilities and children without parental care and the strengthening of families at risk. It also aims at improving the social support system for the families at risk. The Coalition also focuses on the strengthening of the prevention of child’s rights violations in all social groups and the children protection from all forms of violence. The Coalition develops and strengthens the partnership between governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations.
Founded in 2002, ENGSO Youth is a European youth sport organisation promoting the involvement of children and young people in all aspects of sport, including participation, governance and decision-making. ENGSO Youth represents at European level the interests of people under the age of 35 volunteering, participating or working in sport.
The Ombuds – Committee for the Rights of the Child was constituted according to the law of 25 July 2002. Its aims are to safeguard and promote children and young peoples’ rights and interests. It mainly focuses on the promotion of children participation, the monitoring of the situation of children’s rights and on ensuring the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Luxembourg.
Established by the President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society is devoted to the promotion of social wellbeing. The President’s Foundation is involved in various projects focusing on promoting volunteerism, extending the existing discussions on gender equality, ensuring wellbeing within the field of migration and promoting and implementing child participation. The President’s Foundation created its Museum of Childhood which aims at offering a place to spark children’s imagination where Kids Play to Learn and Adults Learn to Play; this Museum of Childhood presents stories and experiences of children and exhibits dedicated to common events and subject areas, organised around broad themes.
The Office of the Commissioner for Children was set up in terms of the Commissioner for Children Act of 2003, to promote the welfare of children and the compliance with the UN Convention on the rights of the child. The work carried out by the Office focuses on the protection of children, the promotion of children’s rights, ensuring the provision of necessary services for children and the participation of children. The office acts as a focal point which monitors the current social and cultural situation in relation to children, such that it can contribute substantially in the co-ordination that needs to take place across all sectors in order to have policies that are child oriented.
By providing quality and timely service and support, the Foundation for Social Welfare Services empowers and helps individuals to become responsible, integrated and productive members of society who value life as a resource for self actualisation. The Foundation for Social Welfare Services is a catalyst for change and development in the social welfare sector in Malta consistent with the real and emerging needs of children, families and the community in order to avoid social exclusion.
Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro-Preca is currently the 9th President of Malta. She served as Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity in 2013-2014, taking office as President in March 2014. As President she established “The President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society” which, among other things, has pushed children’s rights up the political agenda and raised public awareness. She is a tireless advocate for children’s rights.
ECDAM’s primary goal is to strengthen the values, knowledge and skills of all those linked and committed to early childhood education and care (ECEC) so as to promote and support high-quality educational programmes for young children. Also, the association advocates for high-quality ECEC, the professionalisation of the ECEC workforce and the inherent rights, education and well-being of all children by connecting early childhood theory, practice, policy, and multi-disciplinary scientifically-based research. ECDAM aspires to explore and support child learning and development by creating a safe space for participation and dialogue. It fosters an inclusive democratic participatory platform in its search and support of good practices that promote the holistic learning and development of every child. Through their monthly online ECDAM events they share policy, research and pedagogical practice in ECEC underpinned by the UNCRC. They aim to strengthen the values, knowledge and skills of educators and parents to develop a shared understanding of children and childhood who need to be respected and recognised as human beings with rights.
The First Children’s Embassy in the World Megjashi is an international NGO that advocates and protects children’s rights, stands for responsible parenthood and respect for the child’s personality. Megjashi continuously works on the strengthening of the civil movement for children’s rights and functionality of the institutions in the best interests of the child.
The mission of the Child and Family Foundation is to support children and families in crisis undertaking activities and initiatives aimed at the strengthening of families and the prevention of separation of children from families – based on the interest of the child. The Foundation undertakes also activities aimed at the protection of child rights focusing on the right of the child to safe development in a family and its protection against violence.
The Department of General Sociology at the University of Lodz conducts research on the children welfare and the inter generational transmission of inequalities. The main research fields include child wellbeing, child poverty, children’s rights, social policies and social services for families and children.
The Polish Foster Care Coalition is a group of individuals from all over Poland representing local and nationwide non-governmental organisations. Their mission is to safeguard a child’s legal right to be brought up in a family environment. The Coalition mainly focuses on lowering the number of children placed in institutions, placing children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents in foster families, raising standards in foster care and breaking foster care stereotypes. It also provides support to former foster children and foster parents.
One World Association aims at improving the economic, social, educational and cultural situation of children and young people with disabilities and their families. They act by developing and strengthening natural interests and take care of the disabled children and their relatives.
Happy Kids Foundation is an NGO that creates and runs childcare centers of family type each with up to 8 children. The Foundation commits to build relations with the biological families. It aims at raising the quality standard of foster care in Poland and the awareness on this issue through social events, conferences and seminars. The Foundation provides the children with self-confidence and self-determination through professional parents who give them care and primarily education; it provides the children with financial and material assistance, training and courses.
Sergio Araújo is a teacher at the Psychology department of the Escola Superior de Educaçao do Instituto Politecnico do Porto (Superior School of Education from the Porto Polithecnic Institute) and coordinates an anti-poverty programme in Gaia.
Marta Santos Pais was appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG) on May 1st 2009 and took up her position on September 1st, 2009. As a high level global independent advocate, Marta Santos Pais promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in all settings including online and offline, the justice setting, in the home, in institutional care, in schools, in the workplace and in the community. She acts as a bridge builder in all regions and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur.
The Department “SOS Criança” of the Instituto de Apoio à Criança aims at giving voice to children, youth and families for promoting and defending their rights. Its objectives are to promote and defend the rights of the child and the social integration of child and family, as well to sensitize community structures and society in general to the problem of children and youth. The Department “SOS Criança” ensures children and youth the right to speak and protection from risk and/or mistreatment when deprived of affection, isolated, abandoned, threatened with physical assault, neglected or forced to work prematurely.
Since 1951 the Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso Foundation (FNSBS)’s mission has been to promote health and human development. FNSBS provides special care to child and maternal health, ensuring a service of excellence regardless of the patients’ socio-economic status. Their approach includes regular health screenings enabling early detection and diagnosis of abnormalities as well as the monitoring and treatment of most cases of identified diseases. It also includes health education activities. FNSBS aims to invest in childhood and adolescence as a way of constructing a healthier and more sustainable society.
Odete Severino Soares is a Senior Social Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security in Portugal, and an expert human and children rights. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Law in Nova School of Law in Lisbon, and co-responsible for the preparation of the 1st Master in Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights beginning in 2021 with Nova Law School.
She has extensive experience and knowledge regarding children’s rights from her work as Director of Department of the International Relations and Cooperation in the Council of Europe, United Nations and European Union.
Currently, she has a public and independent contribution in the Portuguese written press that constitutes an important input in supplying information and increase public investment on children’s rights in Portugal.
PAJE (Plataforma de Apoio a Jovens Ex-Acolhidos) is the only association which supports care leavers in Portugal. Although the organisation was established only in 2016, they have already helped 206 care-leavers, and intervened with over 100 residential care professionals, promoting good practices and giving them tools to better prepare fostered children for leaving care. Besides providing first-hand support to care leavers, PAJE is also well-known of its importance and capacity of networking and lobbying with decision makers in matters which concern them.
Sónia Rodrigues is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist with a PhD degree from University of Porto. She is Chairman of the Board of the NGO AjudAjudar which promotes and defends children rights in Portugal. She is currently an external researcher at CIPD (Psychology and Development Research Center) from University Lusíada of Porto. She carries out research on the quality of Residential Care for children and young people and other themes related to child protection. Sónia Rodrigues is also supervisor of residential care centres. She actively advocates for deinstitutionalization of children.
Ador Copiii Association is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2004, that has been at the forefront of adoption activism and service provision since 2008. Ador Copiii Association contributes to the development of the children protection system, to the creation of social and effective adoption services and to improving the quality of life of vulnerable children.
Institutionalised Youth Council (CTI) is a Youth-led Organisation focusing on institutional care, care leavers and child protection systems based in Romania. CTI has long-lasting experience in the field of defending and promoting the rights of the institutionalised young people currently or not (post-institutionalized) in the special protection system and increasing their active participation in their communities. Most of their team has first-hand experience as care leavers. CTI has great experience working with children and including them to events and public speaking. They are also known their active policy making effort which resulted more than 200 amendments in the last year in the area of deinstitutionalization. CTI is the member of the European Care Leavers Network and the Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations for Children (FONPC) in Romania also Eurochild member. The current President of the organization is Mr. Andreeas Novacovici.
The ICAM Network is a confederation of organisations that have worked together to develop national programmes for schools throughout Europe to improve the well-being, inclusion and engagement of disadvantaged children both at school and in the home. Most recently the network has a focus on inclusion of the approximately 25 million European children who are affected by migration in school and in society. This includes the approximately 5 million Children Left Behind by parents migrating to work abroad. Their work is entirely based on ensuring the UNCRC is applied and achieved.
FARA Foundation’s mission is to transform the lives of marginalized children and young people from Romania’s poorest communities. It aims at providing a loving family, specialist therapy, access to education and training and preventing homelessness.
Founded in 1997, the Federation of NGOs for Children acts for the benefit of children and community by promoting and monitoring children rights. It aims at ensuring the inclusion of children’s rights in all public policies and the implementation of a national monitoring system. The Federation gathers about 100 NGOs.
Heart of a Child Foundation’s mission is to give help and hope to children and youth in difficulty and their families by enriching their quality of life and promoting their integration into society. The Foundation provides direct social services (e.g. operating family-style homes for orphaned and abandoned children; counseling and material support for at-risk families) and training for individuals working in the social field. It advocates and lobby on local and regional issues affecting children and families.
Hope and Homes for Children in Romania is focused on reforming the childcare system by closing down old state institutions for children and by developing a range of family-based childcare services. Preventing separation of children from their families, reintegrating children back into their birth or extended families, social reinsertion of youngsters leaving care, social audit and training and technical assistance are part of their focus as well.
Friends of Children Romania is working with children living in care. They are committed to support families in difficult situation and vulnerable children. They work in partnership with the Child Protection Directorate – the county authority responsible for supervising child protection in Bacau which is a rural area close to Moldova where the organization operates. They provide quality care for children in their homes (have two residential homes 7 children each) and they have a solid work ethics (this was acknowledged several times by the Bacau CPD Director in his discussions with HHC). They are committed to respecting children’s rights and to encourage and foster child participation, supporting the integration of children in local communities.
Justice for Minors is an NGO formed by a group of professionals with over 15 years of experience in the field of juvenile justice. It collaborates with experts in legal field, lawyer, mediators, psychologists and experts in child behaviour and social assistance experts. Their activities are based on guaranteeing and protecting children’s and family’s rights and improving the national and European justice system safeguarding the children’s best interest. They have gathered a working group of legal professionals that share the same feedbacks and goal in developing a network platform with access to all judicial communications related to cases that involve children.
Casa Bună currently works with about 300 children from vulnerable communities in and near Bucharest, and in 2 rural locations in Arges county. Although children in Romania have the right to education, healthcare, and adequate living conditions, in practice many children from vulnerable communities are excluded or have difficulty in accessing these rights. Casa Bună works on 4 main areas: education, health, vocation, and wellbeing.
The Child Rights Centre is an association of citizens established in 1997 with the main aim of implementing child rights in Serbia in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The main course of action of the Centre is aimed at creating a favourable social and legislative framework for the full achievement of child rights in Serbia through activities focused on the introduction and implementation of laws policies and practices that enable the improvement of the welfare of the child, the protection of their rights and their full participation in society.
The Children and Youth Support Organisation – Pomoc Deci is a non-governmental non-profit making organisation established in 2004 which promotes quality care and education for children and their parents and youth involvement and activism. Pomoc Deci is also active in the prevention and protection of children and youth trafficking.
MODS advocates for the exercise of the children’s rights and the increase of social inclusion and development of an inclusive society. It focuses on the reduction of child poverty the improvement of access and quality of formal and informal education and culture, health, environment and child protection. Other MODS’ areas of work include protection against child abuse, neglect exploitation and violence, and the promotion of greater funding allocations. MODS also promotes a greater participation of civil society organisations and youth in defining policies for children, by strengthening their capacities and establishing the channels of communication between the Network and local, regional and central government.
The mission of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children is to protect and promote children’s rights and to improve the safety and security of children. The mission is implemented through preventive educational and other activities, advocacy activities, introduction of new protective mechanisms, as well as through providing necessary psychological, legal and/or humanitarian aid and support to children, young people and their families in cases of existing or suspected violence. The focus of CNZD’s work mainly consists in undertaking activities aimed to improving safety of children on the street, at school and on the Internet, as well as supporting families and improving conditions and institutional mechanisms for finding missing children.
Coalition for Children – Slovakia’s goal is to promote, defend and fulfill the rights, needs and interests of children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. The Coalition monitors the situation of children in Slovakia and advocates for the rights and needs of children in regards to various actors (government, public administration, other institutions and public as such). It also promotes the active participation of children in adopting and implementing decisions affecting their rights, needs and life and contributes to the empowerment of organisations working with children in order to promote the best interests of the child.
The Slovenian Children’s Rights Network (formerly known as ZIPOM) is a network that gathers non-governmental organisations working in the field of the protection of children’s rights. It is intended to support and strengthen NGOs through information and involvement in various joint actions to prevent and correct violations of children’s rights. As a coalition it brings together their knowledge and experience in joint activities, thus contributing to shaping the role of the non-governmental sector in Slovenia.
PIC provides professional legal support to individuals, vulnerable groups and non-governmental organisations in exercising and protecting their rights and strengthening their position in the society. PIC’s activities include legal assistance, advocacy, informing, training, encouraging civil dialogue, national and international projects, involvement in policy-making and decision-making processes. PIC is participating in decision-making processes, working bodies committees, networks and forums, in order to advance the position of non-governmental organisations in Slovenia and increase their influence on decision-making. It encourages socially responsible and active citizenship.
The Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth (SAFY) is a non-governmental, voluntary, philanthropic and non-for-profit organisation which aims at promoting and implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and raising the quality of children, youth and family life. The Association reduces social exclusion of children, youth and families and give opportunities to experience active spare time. It also develops and supports cooperation with non-governmental associations in Slovenia and abroad.
The Research Team of the University of Deusto aims at becoming an agent involved in social transformation. By generating scientific knowledge, it seeks to achieve higher levels of social well-being and quality of life for all people and also promotes active citizenship by every man and woman. The team combines experts from social pedagogy, psychology and sociology.
The Spanish Children’s Rights Coalition (known as Plataforma de Infancia) was intended to unite the forces of the organisations whose objectives are the protection and promotion of the rights of children by creating space for inter-organisational coordination and dialogue that promotes initiatives favoring children. Plataforma de Infancia promotes the politics that are in favor of the welfare of children and encourages the participation and the socialization of children.
Funded in 1994, FEDAIA is a federation of non-profit organisations working for the care and education during childhood and adolescence. FEDAIA represents and promotes the social educational and economical interests of its members in addition to defending the minors’ rights and welfare while also promoting the coordination, professionalism and quality of care for children and adolescents who are at risk of social exclusion.
Founded in 2010, FICE Spain is the Spanish section of the International Federation of Educative Communities – FICE International. FICE aims at improving the quality of life for at-risk children and their families by promoting models of family support, community fostering and promoting the quality of residential care.
The Foundation was established to assist in the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. Their activities include the training of teachers and the promotion of a school that is inclusive and of good quality with appropriate provisions and that encourages especially the most vulnerable or excluded children.
Fundevas works in the pre- and perinatal field to support mothers and families and to facilitate bonding and attachment in the first 1000 days. It promotes comprehensive and interdisciplinary care to pregnant women, mothers, fathers and babies in early childhood, the most important stage from the neuroscience perspective and the background of physical and mental health with long-term imprints in the whole life. Fundevas trains families and health care professionals in mindfulness, neuroscience and pre- and perinatal psychology, offers individual sessions to families to promote bonding and secure attachment, and individual sessions to personalise nutritional and microbiota study for women. The organisation offers consulting services to public agencies and private entities and promote public policies in this field.
The Regional Development Council gathers the county’s resources in regional politics into an effective democratically controlled organisation, with the purpose of improving conditions for sustainable growth and to contribute to the best possible quality of life throughout the whole Örebro County. The Social Welfare Unit aims at supporting the different local authorities in the Örebro region in their work to improve the quality of their services with particular focus on social protection for children and young people.
The World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organisation which defends and promotes the rights of the child with special emphasis on the right to education and care worldwide and supports activities which improve accessibility to high quality education and care. OMEP is currently established in over 70 countries, it has special consultative status with UN and UNICEF and is represented at the meeting of other international organisations with similar aims.
Thomas Hammarberg is the EU Special Adviser on Constitutional and Legal Reform and Human Rights in Georgia and UN Senior Expert on Human Rights in Transnisstria. Thomas Hammarberg held the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg from April 2006 to March 2012. Prior to this he was Secretary General of the Stockholm-based Olof Palme International Center (2002-05), Ambassador of the Swedish Government on Humanitarian Affairs (1994-2002), the Secretary General of the NGO Save the Children Sweden (1986-92) and Secretary General of Amnesty International (1980-86). Thomas Hammarberg received on behalf of Amnesty International the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.
The Association for Promotion of Family Centers gathers and provides support to the family centers in order to promote cooperation between them. The Association aims at promoting child health, developing working methods that strengthen parents’ skills and raising awareness among decision makers about the value of health promotion and prevention efforts.
BRIS is a politically and religiously independent children’s rights organization that listens to, supports and strengthens children and young adults’ rights in society. The organisation conducts activities to raise the attention of politicians and decision‐makers to child rights’ issues based on children’s stories, and acts as a consultative body for legislative actions that affect children and young adults. BRIS’ helpline and support services offer children and young adults up to 18 years old a secure, anonymous and free access to email, chat, or call with a counsellor at BRIS. Since its inception, physical abuse has been a central issue for the organisation, but support is also given for other important issues where the child is mistreated, having problems or needs support and advice from knowledgeable and empathetic adults.
The Ariel Foundation International is a non-profit NGO that promotes partnerships, peace and prosperity through entrepreneurship via education experiences through service leadership and support of children, young people and their communities in developing countries. AFI has developed several unique participatory summits for children and youth on the international level, that include reports to inform world leaders to guide policy.
The European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights (ENMCR) aims to foster cooperation produce innovative knowledge and promote learning between advanced programmes on children’s rights across European Universities. The network brings together academics researchers, NGOs, public agencies and students to create a range of activities. For example the development of common resources such as virtual exchange, funding and scholarships conferences and seminars, exchanging experiences in teaching and curriculum development raising the profile of the field through disseminating information staff and student exchange exploring common research areas and developing joint student projects, cooperating with other networks and the organisation of workshops, seminars and conferences.
IASWECE aims at improving the situation of the young child in the world through fostering Waldorf early childhood education and care by supporting the development of new projects for training and mentoring for ECEC practitioners, organising conferences study and research on burning issues, creating a space for colleagues to meet work and study.
Children International Press Centre Foundation aims at supporting children in making media campaigns as reporters by helping them in finding Inspiring topics and people for them to research. The Foundation provides schools, governments and libraries with materials scenarios and (digital) formats for the start-up of a child press centre and facilitates the exchange of good practices and experience. It also provides a network of publishing and media partners.
Veronica Smits has got more than 25 years experience in family and child-law. In her research and recent daily activities, she focused on the child participation issues. Veronica works as an assistant teacher at the Tilburg University(family and youth law) and she is engaged as a legal advisor for William Schirkker Group (child protection and youth probation).
Within Utrecht University’s research team Dynamics of Youth researchers from all fields of expertise study how children and youth develop in our rapidly changing society. The main criteria for research under ‘Dynamics of Youth’ is that the research is interdisciplinary and contributes to solving relevant societal problems (often in collaboration with external public and private partners and where appropriate with children and youth themselves).
The Netherlands Youth Institute is the Dutch national institute for compiling, verifying and disseminating knowledge on children and youth matters, such as youth care, parenting support and child education. The Netherlands Youth Institute’s main aim is to improve the physical, cognitive, mental and social development of children and young people by improving the quality and effectiveness of the services rendered to them and to their parents or carers. It supports the youth sector by advising on policy, programmes and implementation and by training professionals in evidence based methods.
Through the Coalition for Children’s Rights, organisations join forces to protect the interests of the child and supervise the safeguarding of children’s rights in Dutch law, policy and practice. The Coalition consists of key members Defence for Children, Kinderpostzegels, the National Youth Council, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes and UNICEF The Netherlands, and has the Netherlands Youth Institute as their advisor. Besides its key members, the Coalition has many other partners.
International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI) is a knowledge organisation in psycho social development of children and young people growing up in difficult circumstances. ICDI aims at promoting children’ s rights and improving policies and practices by building the skills of the children, families, communities, local organisations and authorities. ICDI also works with and for bigger international children’s rights organisations, supporting knowledge transfer through training, research and advice.
EACH promotes the welfare of all children before, during or after a hospital stay. It seeks the recognition of the rights of sick children with all its implications to become a uniform European standard. In several European countries the EACH Charter has served as a basis for healthcare legislation and professional guidelines and has been used as a reference in many scientific studies and publications.
Hayat Sende Gençlik Akademisi focuses on children and youngsters under legal protection and care leavers. The Academy empowers children and young people living in care and care leavers by increasing their human resource and life skills and integrating them into society with equal and strong footing. The children and young people of the Academy can benefit from training and certificate programmes that increase their employability, communication, teamwork and leadership skills. The Academy aims to combat negative discrimination affecting these children and youngsters in the media and public.
Charity Fund EDUKIDS was founded in in Ukraine in 2011. The organization focusing on education, child participation, dyslexia and informational support on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to promote children’s rights and the general welfare of children nationally. In the field of education, they provide art support to talented children and set up an art studio. They have extensive experience in child participation and they aim to highlight the importance of engaging with children in decision-making processes. Since April 2019 they became a National Eurochild Forum and since 2018 a young person from EDUKIDS has been engaged in Eurochild’s Children Council.
Antonina Slipchenko is the founder of St. Nicholas Foundation, a Ukrainian organisation that advocates and conducts campaigns in the areas of early-years and education.
International Leadership and Development Center is an international non-profit organization, based in Ukraine founded in 2008. The purpose of the organization is to promote child welfare in the society, through the development of Competency Based Training System. ILDC has extensive experience in training child welfare professionals across Ukraine. They have successfully trained social services specialists, foster and adoptive parents, volunteers and NGO staff, leaders and managers of NGOs and government agencies in child welfare field is 21 region of Ukraine. With their nation-wide capacity building activities they aim to achieve the highest standards of child protection in the child welfare system, organizational capacity development in the social sphere and community development. Institute for Human Services (IHS) is one of the founders and key partners of ILDC. The President of ILDC is Ruby M. Johnston.
International Charity Partnership for Every Child aims to bring lasting and positive change into the lives of children and their families through innovation, community-based approach and strategic partnerships. Its mission is to professionally help families communities and the government to ensure the right of every child to grow up and develop in a safe and supporting family environment. Its activities are focused on children without parental care or at risk of losing parental care, vulnerable young people, families and children in difficult life circumstances social sphere practitioners and governmental decision-makers.
Hope and Homes for Children Ukraine focuses on the prevention of child abandonment, the reintegration of a child into family, the closure of large institutions the development of family forms of childcare and the creation of a network of social centers for support of children and families.
Polina is a children’s rights expert and activist based in Kyiv and founder of childrenrights.info, a website created to make children’s rights as accessible as possible to children, parents, and professionals. She is also head of strategic development at stop-sexting.in.ua and was previously Coordinator for the Children Justice Center programme of the international charity organisation “Child Rescue Services” in Kyiv.
Charitable Fund “Voices of Children” aims to provide timely psychological and any needed support to children and their families who have suffered from the war in Ukraine. Their work includes psychosocial assistance to children, including training programmes, summer camps and art therapy for children; rehabilitation programs and mobile psychologists for children; advocacy and communication on children’s rights. Their team provides direct support to families and awareness raising campaigns in Ukraine and abroad. The fund is working in various Ukrainian villages and towns to support internally displaced people and refugees.
The mission of Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) is to be the catalyst for the global elimination of institutional care for children. Established in 1994 HHC has accumulated almost 25 years of international experience of reforming child protection systems through the process of de-institutionalization (DI). Ultimately HHC aims to achieve systemic and lasting change by supporting the design of robust child protection systems effective in preventing children’s separation from their families and providing quality alternative care.;www.hopeandhomes.org;United Kingdom
Jeffrey Coleman is an experienced social worker, trainer and lecturer in adoption and fostering practice, with varied management consultancy and legal expertise across many children’s social care topics.
Home-Start Worldwide plays a pivotal role in the development of the Home-Start service around the world. Through the work of the Trustees and through member to member support. Home-Start Worldwide aims to ensure quality standards and provide effective support to the network. Around the world. Home-Start professionals and volunteers train and prepare volunteers usually parents themselves to work alongside other parents. A Home-Start volunteer will visit the family usually once a week for a couple of hours and share the ups and downs of raising a family.
The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO) is an international network dedicated solely to the promotion and support of family based foster care across the world. It is a volunteer and member based organisation providing a multi-cultural platform for young people foster carers, social workers, academics, researchers, volunteers, media policy makers and others to network and shares information on a global basis.
Catriona Williams OBE was the founding President of Eurochild from 2004 to 2010. Catriona has been a champion of children’s rights and social justice her entire career, being instrumental in securing Wales’ reputation internationally as a leader in incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into policy and domestic law. She has recently started her retirement from Children in Wales, having led the organisation since its creation in 1992.
Child to Child is an international child-rights agency which trains leading global agencies in a number of practical approaches that enable children to play a meaningful role in their own lives and to promote the health education and wellbeing of themselves and their communities. Child to Child is a pioneer of children’s participation.
Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) is the regional umbrella organisation for the children’s voluntary sector in Northern Ireland. It represents the interests of children and the voluntary sector that works on their behalf. CiNI also provides training policy and information services to member organisations, relating to their work with children and young people.
Children in Scotland is an influencing and membership organisation, comprised of representatives from the voluntary public and private sectors. Its vision is that Scotland becomes a world leader in securing the wellbeing of every child and improving the quality of every childhood. Children in Scotland focuses on communication and engagement, influencing of policy & legislation and learning and development delivered through an extensive events and training programme.
Children in Wales is the umbrella organisation for children’s organisations in Wales. It brings organisations and individuals together to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child a reality in Wales. It fights for sustainable quality services and fair shares for all children and young people, it ensures special attention and treatment for children in need and those who are marginalised and gives children and young people a voice.
Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s centre of excellence for children’s participation and engagement, using a rights-based approach in their work and the UNCRC as founding principles. Children’s Parliament in Scotland works directly with children through projects and consultations and educates and equips adults with knowledge and skills in order that they can replicate Children’s Parliament’s approach in their own locations.
CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying, bringing or supporting test cases and by using regional and international human rights mechanisms. They provide free legal information and advice raise awareness of children’s human rights and undertake research about children’s access to their rights. They mobilise others, including children and young people to take action to promote and protect children’s human rights and each year. CRAE publishes each year a review of the State of children’s rights in England.
The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation is concerned with promoting and researching participation, inclusion and empowerment. The Centre is a forum for shared thinking that promotes seminars, workshops, conferences and publications and implements a planned programme of research. Children and young people are involved in every part of the process: managing the Centre, planning the research programme and carrying out research. The Centre holds regular meetings where adults and young people work together to plan the work of the Centre and design research projects.
Together is an alliance of Scottish children’s charities that works to improve the awareness understanding and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Their activities include the promotion of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the support to children’s organisations to integrate the UNCRC into their work and the monitoring and the report on the progress made at a Scottish and UK level.
The Early Years Organisation is a non-profit making organisation that has been active since 1965 to promote high quality childcare for children aged 0 – 12 and their families. Currently Early Years provides information and training for parents, childcare providers, employers and local authorities.
Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) is a non-governmental human rights organisation which aims to fill information gaps relating to refugees and displaced people in Europe by conducting its own independent field research. RRDP’s objective it to provide influencers and policymakers with a powerful tool, enabling them to identify specific problem areas and work towards formulating a sustainable response to the humanitarian crisis and to reach a firm policy action that upholds the human rights of refugees and displaced people.
Florence Koenderink has been involved in alternative care including institutional care in low and middle-income countries for over 13 years. In 2018, she founded Why Family-Based Solutions with the purpose of supporting the move from institutional care toward family-based alternative care through consultancy awareness raising, research and publication. Prior to that she ran the NGO Orphanage Projects from 2007-2018.
The European Children’s Rights Unit (ECRU) works alongside many external members from a range of academic, non-governmental and other research-driven organisations, to pursue a participatory, interdisciplinary research ethos into children’s rights. Its focus is on the European (including comparative) dimension and is particularly distinctive in exploring the interplay between different levels of governance and the impact of those interactions on children’s rights.
Gareth Williams James is a UK based Independent Education Specialist working in the field of Children in Care and Care Leavers. Gareth has great experience in promoting good educational achievements for children in alternative care and care leavers as he served as a Virtual School Head for ten years. He continues to serve in this role as an interim manager for local authorities between substantive appointments as well as providing consultation and services to charities and social enterprises. Gareth is part of the of the European Care Leavers network, a member of the Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma and the DfE Advisory Board for Boarding School Partnerships in the UK. He has previously been an Associate to the National Children’s Bureau and a Sector Specialist for the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes.
John Fitzgerald was the Chair of Glasbury Arts, a community based arts organisation operating under the auspices of Glasbury Village Hall and run by volunteers of its community. Glasbury Arts provides a visual and performing arts programme throughout the winter in rural mid-Wales which aims to bring the best of arts programming to and enhance participation in its community.
The Lifestart Foundation’s mission is to produce better child development outcomes by making available to parents evidence-based knowledge and information on how children develop and learn implemented through the delivery of the Lifestart Growing Child Programme. The Lifestart Growing Child programme is a child-centred, month-by-month guide for parents; it is uniquely designed to support parents create the best possible environment for their child to develop and is delivered to parents on a one-to-one basis in their own home.
Malgorzata Kmita is a former President of Mental Health Europe. As a psychotherapist, social worker and mental health activist she has promoted internationally empowerment, human rights and social cohesion as a basis for peaceful co-existence and well-being. She is a Convener of the Janusz Korczak Network UK and has been active for many years in the International Korczak Association.
Marion Macleod is a committed advocate for children’s rights and for achieving better and more equitable outcomes for all children. She has over thirty years’ experience of working with children in social care, health and education as a practitioner, planner and policy developer. She has a degree in modern history and postgraduate qualifications in social work and social services management. She has specialised knowledge of a number of policy areas particularly early years, family support and young people in out of home care.
The Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine is one of the leading providers of mental health, social work and complementary health education in the UK. In March 2005 it was awarded status as a Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) by the Higher Education Funding Council. The Department has a large and diversely skilled staff group who have extensive knowledge and understanding of mental health, social work education and integrative medicine in the areas of education, practice and research.
Voices From Care Cymru brings young people together throughout Wales, who are, or have been looked after. We aim to provide opportunities, to improve the conditions of being in care, to promote the view of young people and to protect the interests of young people in care.
5Rights Foundation exists to make systemic changes to the digital world to ensure it caters for children and young people, by design and default, and respects their rights under the UNCRC. They work with and for children. They advocate for enforceable regulation and international agreements that allow children and young people to thrive online. They develop technical standards and protocols with engineers and colleagues around the world to help businesses reshape and redesign their digital services with children and young people in mind. They were the consultants to the UNCRC in the consultation of children and the drafting of the General comment NO. 25 on children’s rights in relations to the digital environment, formally adopted in March 2021. Since then 5Rights has worked to promote the GC 25 and its implementation through national and EU policy and law.
Vânia S. Pinto is a Lecturer in Health and Social Care at Leeds Trinity University. Moreover, she is working towards the completion of her doctorate thesis at the Rees Centre, Department of Education, University of Oxford. She is also a Clinical Psychologist, and a Board member of various networks, such as Oxford’s Children’s Rights Network and AdjuAdjudar. She has several publications in the field of child protection systems, decision-making processes and the role of foster carers. Vânia is a National Correspondent in Eurochild’s DataCare project for Portugal.