Together for Children since 2011: the Beginning of a Beautiful Journey

ChildPact was established in 2011 as an initiative of child protection leaders from the wider Black Sea area, who realised that systemic reforms in their countries would greatly benefit from regional cooperation. Acknowledging a common post-communist heritage in child protection, child rights professionals understood they should learn more from each other, reflect on crossregional failures and achievements and build together on success stories.

What have we learned so far?

  • Changing policies require togetherness – child-focused coalitions need to be strong and be able to collectively advocate for policy improvements.
  • There is a need to track the policy and implementation similarities and differencies among the countries in the region.
  • It is useful to show the DOs and the DON’Ts: collect and share real-life stories of children, parents, practitioners and experts.
  • Child protection is not only about experts, practitioners and policy makers. The wider public, parents and
    children need to be involved.
  • The child protection jargon is complicated and civil society organisations need to simplify it when
    communicating with the public and the policy-makers.
  • Excessive bureaucracy violates children’s rights. We need to simplify it!

For more information about what does it take to build a regional coalition on child protection, please click here and read ChildPact’s full informal report for 2011-2014.