CHILD CIRCLE is a centre of expertise on child protection and European measures, founded in Brussels in 2014. It is a non-profit organisation established under Belgian law.
Child Circle’s vision: a Europe where children are protected from violence through effective cooperation across professions and borders.
Child Circle’s goals: Enable national policy makers and practitioners to share best practices and work together across Europe. Support regional policy makers in adopting European measures which bring about real improvements to children’s lives.
Small cogs move bigger wheels of protection.
About the co-founders of Child Circle
Olivia Lind Haldorsson and Rebecca O’Donnell are experts on the child protection dimension of key EU policies and have been working on EU matters in Brussels for over 20 years.
Rebecca O’Donnell is an Irish barrister with extensive experience in EU law and child rights, with a focus on child friendly justice, child protection and migration. She works to ensure that children’s rights are fulfilled in European measures, in particular, as regards asylum seeking, trafficked and undocumented children and children involved in criminal proceedings, whether as victims, witnesses, suspects of accused. Based in Brussels for over two decades, she previously worked as senior child protection adviser for Save the Children EU office and as a partner in the EU office of an international law firm.
Olivia Lind Haldorsson is a public affairs professional and children’s rights’ advocate with extensive experience of children’s rights in EU Internal and External Affairs. Olivia stepped down as co-director of Child Circle in September 2019 and taken up the role as Senior Adviser and Head of Unit of the Children at Risk Unit at CBSS in Stockholm. She remains a member of Child Circle, without active responsibilities.
Associate Member of Child Circle
Jyothi Kanics is a human rights advocate with a specialisation in children’s rights. She has been working at the international and European levels for more than twenty years. Her areas of expertise include child protection, child participation and strategic planning of advocacy work. Her efforts aim to secure comprehensive solutions for migrants in a vulnerable situation such as separated children, victims of trafficking, stateless persons and undocumented migrants. She has previously worked with UNHCR, UNICEF, the Irish Refugee Council, Save the Children and OSCE ODIHR. She is currently based in Switzerland.