The Council of Europe, through its Committee of Experts on the rights and best interests of the child in the context of parental separation and in care proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE), will undertake:

- a review of law, policy and practice on how the best interests of the child and their rights are protected in situations of parental separation;

- a review of law, policy and practice on how the best interests of the child are protected in domestic law proceedings by public authorities to limit parental responsibilities or place a child in care.

The committee, under the supervision of two steering committees, namely the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF), will prepare, as appropriate, on the basis of the above-mentioned reviews, guidelines or other policy instruments or practical tools to give guidance to member States and other stakeholders in this area, in line with international and European standards and good practice, including the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, relevant conventions of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You can find additional information on the CJ/ENF-ISE webpage of the CDENF website.

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New study on the protection of the best interests of the child in situations of parental separation

22 juillet 2021 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of experts on the rights and the best interests of the child in parental separation and in care proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE) publishes today its feasibility study on a legal instrument on the protection of the best interests of the child in situations of parental separation. This study...

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CJ/ENF-ISE

Report of 2nd Joint CDCJ and CDENF joint bureaux meeting

24 June 2021 Teleconference

On 24 June 2021, the Bureaux of the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and of the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) held their 2nd joint meeting to review the progress made by their joint subordinate body the CJ/ENF-ISE, and discuss the committee’s priorities and...

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The Council of Europe publishes a feasibility study of a legal instrument on the protection of the best interests of the child in domestic care proceedings

19 July 2021 Strasbourg, France

The feasibility study of a legal instrument on the protection of the best interests of the child in domestic law proceedings by public authorities to limit parental responsibilities or place a child in care, which has been approved by the Bureaux of the Steering Committee for the Rights of the...

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Committee of Experts on the Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Parental Separation and in Care Proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE)

CJ/ENF-ISE: Report of 3rd Meeting

4 May 2021

The report of the 3rd meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Parental Separation and in Care Proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE) held on 14-15 April is now available. At this meeting the experts examined the draft feasibility studies on the...

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Child's best interests in parental separation situations and in care proceedings - CJ/ENF-ISE: 2nd meeting

14-18 December 2020 Strasbourg, Videoconference

On 14 and 18 December 2020 the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Parental Separation and in Care Proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE) held its second meeting online, with Mr Seamus S. Carroll (Ireland) in the Chair. The Committee examined the...

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Child's best interests in parental separation situations and in care proceedings - CJ/ENF-ISE: Outcomes of the first meetings

24-25 September 2020 Videoconference

On 24 and 25 September 2020 the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on the Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Parental Separation and in Care Proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE) held its first meeting online, with Mr Seamus S. Carroll (Ireland) in the Chair. The committee developed two...

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