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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 … Continue reading Non-violent Childhoods

Perspectives on children from the House of European History

When I ask you about the definition of child protection in Europe, what comes in mind at first? You probably would think of protecting weak children against ‘the bad’, but that is a very wrong way of putting it. Child protection must be based in respecting children’s rights and their capability. An often-made misconception from … Continue reading Perspectives on children from the House of European History

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

World Congress on Justice for Children

The World Congress on Justice for Children will be held 28 – 30 May in Paris. Focus will be on children’s involvement in violent extremism, reducing juvenile offending and recidivism, and improving protection mechanisms for vulnerable children. Under the haut-patronage of UNESCO, this World Congress on Justice for Children will be held from 28-30 May … Continue reading World Congress on Justice for Children

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 … Continue reading Launch of renewed action to promote the Barnahus model in Europe

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 … Continue reading Supporting Child Centred Justice for Separated Children in Migration

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 … Continue reading Towards a European network of guardians for unaccompanied children in migration