Learning more about the Council of Europe’s agenda for children

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Between the 15th and 16th of December, ChildPact and Eurochild, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, organised a workshop in Strasbourg dedicated to representatives of child-focused networks. The aim of the workshop was to inform child protection experts with regard to the Council of Europe’s working methods and instruments relevant for promoting children’s rights and ending violence against children. All in all, the workshop brought together in the same room child protection experts representing national networks from Europe and beyond. The event also provided a platform for ChildPact to present the results of the Child Protection Index and to discuss further joint cooperation needed for regional advocacy.

The expert presentations and the discussion covered issues related to the CoE’s new Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2021, to the European Social Charter, to the European Convention on Human Rights and to the Lanzarote and Istanbul Conventions – and how all these instruments could enhance the work conducted by CSOs in order to advance child rights in their countries.

Among the distinguished speakers, the following Council of Europe representatives delivered speeches and inspired the participants with their work: Snezana Samardžić-Marković, Director General, Directorate General of Democracy; Regina Jensdottir, Head of the Children’s Rights Division; and Valeriu Nicolae, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues at the Council of Europe Roma.

During a panel aiming to inspire others and bring forward good examples and practices in child rights’ support, the President of ChildPact, Mariana Ianachevici, presented the main findings of the Child Protection Index in our region. The discussions reached new picks with insights on the future of the Index, the advocacy entailed by this innovative instrument and the required joint cooperation among a variety of actors to step up child rights on all national agendas.