Using children’s rights to recover from the global pandemic

Registrations now open for the hybrid conference for the Building Children’s Futures project and the importance of child rights impact assessments in public policy decision-making.

Eurochild, together with Children’s Rights Alliance, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, and other leading Irish partners is organising an international hybrid conference with children and youth representatives across Europe towards in Malta, July 3 2024, as part of our EU-funded Building Children’s Futures project.

Click here to read our draft agenda – subject to change.

The conference will bring together children, national governments, the European Union, civil society, professionals, all to discuss the importance of listening and including children meaningfully in decision-making through the use of child rights impact assessments.

Click here to register to attend the conference online.

The importance of embedding children’s rights in public decision-making

During the Building Children’s Futures project, key stakeholders across government, civil society, academia, and children and young people themselves, worked together to co-create child rights impact assessment tools following the Covid-19 pandemic. As one of the partners, the Government of Ireland has committed that these tools will be incorporated into Ireland’s national policy framework for children and young people, Young Ireland.

The cumulative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is having major implications for a generation of children and young people across Europe. This project worked to ensure that the pandemic recovery would be guided by:

  • Improving understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on activities and services for children and young people, especially those disproportionately affected by measures.
  • Raising awareness on how decisions about children’s rights were made and the role of child/youth participation and local structures played during emergency times.
  • Identifying best practice in responding to children’s needs during the pandemic and how child rights impact assessments are used throughout Europe.

During this conference these innovative solutions will be presented, alongside discussions with European experts in child rights mainstreaming at national and international level.

The Building Children’s Futures project is funded by the European Union, and involves Children’s Rights Alliance; the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth; Children and Young People's Services Committees - Tusla the Child and Family Agency in Ireland; UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre; Foróige; and Eurochild.

Further information

  • This hybrid event will take place as part of Eurochild’s larger Networking Convention, Fostering Rights-Based Solutions to Tackle Child Poverty and Social Exclusion across Europe, which takes place July 2-3.
  • Contact Ciaran O’Donnell at the Eurochild Secretariat if you have any questions or would like to inquire about participating in-person.