Speak up! was a 2-year project led by Eurochild on children's rights run under a grant from the Fundamental Rights & Citizenship Program of the European Commission.

It aimed to address children's own views of their rights, the protection of those rights and their opinions on necessary national and European policy actions.

The children involved were particularly vulnerable due to their situation or characteristics, as these children most frequently experience rights violations and are less likely to be heard.

Main objectives:

  • to empower children in circumstances or with characteristics that make them particularly vulnerable, by demonstrating how these children can be heard and how their voices can be taken seriously.
  • to ensure the views of children are heard by policy makers, by passing on children's message EU leaders and in particular providing an input to the development of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and to the EU's work on tackling child poverty and social inclusion, but also to national policy makers.
  • to improve the practice and support the development of a culture of children's participation, by  developing tools for children?s participation methodologies, in particular vulnerable groups of children.
  • to strengthen mutual learning across EU Member States and the exchange between children and organisations, by providing an opportunity to exchange views on children's experiences and how children's voices are heard elsewhere in Europe.