About Us

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

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Here’s what we commit to in the next 5 years.

How do we operate & how are we funded?

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.

OLH_2017​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. Her areas of policy expertise include children’s rights and child protection, in particular, child sexual abuse and exploitation, domestic violence and online violence and abuse.


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Rebecca O’Donnell is an Irish barrister with extensive experience in EU legal and public affairs. Her areas of expertise include fundamental rights, child friendly justice, child protection, asylum, migration and trafficking policies. She previously worked as a partner in the EU office of a law firm.



Olivia and Rebecca have been working together in the field of children’s rights and child protection for over a decade.  ​Recently they also worked on projects in an independent advisory capacity for the Council of Europe, European Commission, ChildFund Alliance, ​Children of Prisoners Europe, European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), Global Partnership for Education, Save the Children and UNICEF.

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