The administrative detention of migrant and other children and conditions of deprivation of liberty pose serious challenges to the realisation of their rights. The Council of Europe 2016-2021 Strategy for the rights of the child acknowledges these challenges, and the children’s rights division provides guidance about them through its work concerning child-friendly justice and the rights of children in migration.
In its sustained efforts in the framework of the PACE parliamentary campaign to end the migration detention of children, the Children’s rights division of the Council of Europe will be holding a training session on 28 and 29 March 2019 in Paris on “Monitoring places where migrant children are deprived of their liberty: how to conduct an effective visit?”. This session has been organised in partnership with Defence of children International – Belgium and builds on the methodology and guidebooks proposed for visiting places where children are deprived of liberty. It is targeted to respond to the needs of Ombudspersons and their staff, as well as professionals from other authorities involved in fulfilling the rights of the child in the framework of detention and/or migration. 12 participants from 11 Member states (Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine) are scheduled to attend this fundamental and operational training session, which will also include a presentation of the Handbook for frontline professionals How to Convey Child-Friendly Information to Children in Migration.