Non-violent Childhoods

To raise attention to the fact that it is possible to change policies, attitudes and behaviours, the Council of the Baltic Sea States organised a high-level conference on implementing the prohibition of corporal punishment in November. The conference was co-hosted by the Government of Sweden and in cooperation with the UN Special Representative of the… Read More

“Thinking Outside the Box”: Separated Children Project, Closing Event London

In judicial proceedings where a child is separated – or at risk of separation – from their parents, there is a real risk that their situation is not properly addressed.  Since January 2016, the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings project has aimed to generate a more child-centred approach in cases involving separated children, through exchange… Read More

Launch of renewed action to promote the Barnahus model in Europe

The PROMISE 2 Project Partners met in January to officially launch the beginning of a new exciting collaboration to promote progress in establishing and operating Barnahus in Europe. PROMISE 2 supports several countries in Europe in their work to improve and sustain multidisciplinary and interagency collaboration to ensure that child victims and witnesses of violence… Read More

Supporting Child Centred Justice for Separated Children in Migration

On October 19th and 20th, the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings project held a mutual learning & training event amongst legal practitioners, professionals & organisations working on litigation concerning separated children in migration. In closing, Child Circle talked about the lines the English poet, WH Auden, wrote about a painting in the Beaux Arts museum… Read More

Towards a European network of guardians for unaccompanied children in migration

On October 6, the European Commission and representatives from Member States, EU agencies, IGOs and NGOs working on issues concerning guardianship met to explore the development of a European network of guardians, as anticipated in the Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration. Child Circle is very supportive of the development of a… Read More

Towards More Effective Litigation Strategies for Migrant Children in Europe

Across Europe, cases involving separated children in migration are coming before the courts. Asylum seekers or trafficked, or separated from family and at risk, their cases often concern complex factual circumstances and sensitive legal issues, such as age assessment, detention, appropriate reception conditions and access to guardians.  International fora, such as the European Court of… Read More

Upcoming Launch of Two New European Projects for Unaccompanied Children and Child Victims of Violence

Two new projects, ProGuard and PROMISE II, co-funded by the EU and in which Child Circle is a partner, will commence this autumn. ProGuard will start in October 2017, led by Nidos in the Netherlands.   Guardianship for unaccompanied children in migration is a vital support and protection for them and should be part of every… Read More