Building a Europe for and with children

 Children's rights activities

 The Council of Europe addresses children's rights by combining  highly effective tools, such as standard setting monitoring policy development co-operation and assistance programmes education, training and communication.  The following sections present an overview of this work, with relevant links.

Standard setting 
The following legal texts concerning children are under preparation or newly adopted:

The European Convention on the Adoption of Children (Revised) (ETS No. 202) was opened for signature on 27 November 2008

 a Council of Europe Charter on citizenship and human rights education is in preparation. 

 Committee of Ministers Recommendation  Rec(2008)11 on European Rules for juvenile offenders subject to sanctions or measures was adopted 5 November 2008

Policy development /on-going activities

 Council of Europe steering committees in the fields of legal co-operation, human rights, social cohesion, education and youth have all placed children's rights issues on their agendas:

 Education of  Roma children  (DG-IV, Education  Division) / see also the Roma awareness-raising campaign (DG-III, Roma and Travellers Division) and Dosta, joint CoE-European Commission site ;

 Education for democratic citizenship (DG-IV, Education Division);

 The rights of children with disabilities (DG-III)

 See the Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society, attached to Recommendation Rec(2006)5. The action plan calls attention to: the increased vulnerability of persons with disabilities to violence and abuse, especially women and girls; gender-biased obstacles to participation in society encountered by women and girls; the need for specific measures to provide education for children with disabilities, and which will enable them to reach their maximum potential in family and community life.

 Designing tools for decision makers on citizenship and human rights education   (DG-IV, Education Division, EDC pack);

National reviews of violence prevention policies in the member states pilot scheme.

Co-operation and assistance

Upon request, the Council of Europe will co-operate with countries on an individual basis, assisting them with legal reform, policy and institutional framework design, and training for professionals.

Outreach communication, education and training

 Standards and policies need to be accompanied by communication, education and training strategies. Current activities include:

 Developing a website on children's rights;

 Developing further the online data base, Theseus, on case law of the European Court of Human Rights relevant to children;

 Developing child-friendly communication (web and printed material);

   Developing a child- and youth-friendly version of the Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life;

 Communication initiatives on specific issues, such as sexual violence, corporal punishment, violence in schools

 Developing further Through the WildWebWoods, the e-game on Internet safety, by integrating human rights topics;

 Publishing texts for lawyers on children's human rights and texts on Council of Europe actions to end violence against children;

 Promoting Compasito, a manual for human rights education for children, through training and publication in other languages;

 Developing further training courses on human rights;

 Organising events and thematic campaigns at national level. Raise your hand against smacking! Launch of the campaign against corporal punishment of children