Eurochild strives to include all actors that have an interest in the rights and well-being of children and young people. Our membership is thus very diverse: from national child-rights networks to service providers, from advocacy organisations to government departments and academic institutes. Our members also vary in terms of geographical scope, areas of activities, type of work, capacity.
Here are the different types of members that Eurochild brings together in its network:
- National partner networks: the ‘go to’ membership-based organisations in their country or region on a broad range of issues concerning children’s rights and well-being. They have a pivotal role in supporting Eurochild in the coordination of EU and national advocacy.
- National and local organisations and networks: organisations working either at national or sub-national level. This category includes various types of organisations including: NGOs; not-for-profit and for-profit service providers; foundations; professional associations; networks which do not fall into the ‘national partner network’ membership group e.g. networks that have a thematic focus; sub-national networks.
- International organisations and networks: organisations and networks that are working in more than one European country and therefore bring a cross-national/international perspective to Eurochild.
- Child and youth-led organisations: organisations which can effectively demonstrate that children and young people take an active lead in decision-making throughout the organisation, including shaping the activities, policy and in governance. A majority of children involved in the organisation must be under the age of 18.
- Academic and research institutions: academic or research institutions, academic departments or groups of researchers within universities or observatories.
- Public/statutory bodies: sub-national governments departments, authorities or public bodies responsible for policies and services regarding the rights and welfare of children and young people; this can include the offices of ombudspersons for children or umbrella organisations for local authorities.
- Individuals: individuals, including consultants or experts, with an interest or engagement on children’s rights and well-being. Eurochild expressly invites certain individuals selected by the Management Board for their significant contributions towards children’s rights & well-being in the European context, awarding them with honorary membership to the network.