Launching of the new Spanish version of the HELP course on child-friendly justice

18 July 2024 Barnahus Spain

On 11 July 2024, the new Spanish version of the HELP course on child-friendly justice (2023) was launched at the Judicial School of the General Council of the Judiciary of Spain, in Barcelona. The programme is available here. This course has been adapted to the Spanish context in the framework of...

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Irish representatives visit Barnahus in Reykjavik and exchange experiences on addressing child sexual abuse

Barnahus Ireland 11 July 2024 Reykjavík

On 4 June 2024, representatives from the Irish Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), the Department of Health, the Department of Justice, the Independent Chair of the Barnahus National Agency Steering Committee (BNASC), the judiciary, the Health ...

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Tender Call for Local Consultancy Services in the field of Combating Violence Against Children in Goergia

Deadline: 31 July 2024 11 July 2024 Georgia

The Council of Europe Project Combating Violence Against Children in Georgia has launched a call for the provision of local consultancy services. The aim of the tender is to create a pool of national consultants to provide consultancy requested by the Council on an as-needed basis, in order to...

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Updated: Tender call for provision of hospitality and transportation services in Reykjavík, Iceland

Deadline: 31 July 2024 10 July 2024 Barnahus Croatia

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the joint European Union – Council of Europe project “Implementing the Barnahus Model in Croatia”. This Project is implemented by the Council of Europe's Children's Rights Division in close co-operation with the Croatian Ministry of Justice, Public...

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New e-learning course for professionals working with children faced with war related psychological difficulties

8 July 2024 Kyiv

On 4 July 2024, the Council of Europe Project “Protecting the Rights of Ukrainian Children during and in post-war context” presented an online learning course “Specificities of the work of social psychologists with children who have psychological difficulties related to the war”. The e-learning...

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Consultation Group on the Children of Ukraine discusses the risks of trafficking of Ukrainian children including for the purposes of sexual and labour exploitation

CGU 2 July 2024 Strasbourg

Millions of Ukrainian children have fled their homeland as a result of Russia’s war of aggression, with many of them being hosted in Council of Europe member states. Armed conflicts create particular vulnerabilities for children leading to increased risks of abuse at many levels, including...

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Bridging legal gaps to combat online child sexual exploitation and abuse in Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Montenegro

26 June 2024 Strasbourg

On 25 June 2024, stakeholders of the "End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse@Europe Plus" (EndOCSEA@Europe+) project gathered in Strasbourg for the first workshop since its launch in September last year. The project aims to support authorities and professionals in the three focus...

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Lanzarote Committee adopts an opinion on limitation periods in respect of sexual offences against children

24 June 2924 Strasbourg

At its 42nd plenary meeting (11-13 June 2024), the Lanzarote Committee (Committee of Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse) adopted an opinion to clarify the interpretation of the Lanzarote Convention in respect of...

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Tender call for provision of event management services in Slovenia

Deadline: 12 July 2024 21 June 2024 Slovenia Civil Court Proceedings

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the joint European Union – Council of Europe project “Ensuring the best interests of the child in civil court proceedings in Slovenia”. The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and is implemented by the Council of...

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Strengthening child-friendly justice: Council of Europe supports development of ISO International Workshop Agreement on Barnahus model

20 June 2024 Online

The Council of Europe participated in an introductory webinar on the international workshop on Barnahus Model, a child friendly multidisciplinary and interagency response model for the investigation and treatment of child sexual abuse, organised in the context of the International Standardisation...

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NEW DEADLINE: Tender call for provision of event management services in Croatia

NEW Deadline: 19 July 2024 20 June 2024 Barnahus Croatia

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the joint European Union – Council of Europe project “Implementing the Barnahus Model in Croatia”. This Project is implemented by the Council of Europe's Children's Rights Division in close co-operation with the Croatian Ministry of Justice, Public...

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Call for tenders to design, print and produce visibility materials for Barnahus Ireland project

Deadline: 24 July 2024 19 June 2024 Barnahus Ireland

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the Project “Barnahus Ireland: Supporting the implementation of the Barnahus model in Ireland”. It is co-financed by the EU Structural Reform Support Programme and implemented in close cooperation with EU DG Reform and the Irish Department of...

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Steering Committee for the rights of the child: key takeaways from the 9th Plenary meeting

6 June 2024 Strasbourg

During its 9th Plenary meeting held in Strasbourg on 28-30 May 2024, the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) reviewed the progress of implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027). The CDENF approved two topical Mapping Studies on...

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"Nothing about us without us" - new guidelines on engaging with victims and survivors of childhood sexual violence

31 May 2024 Strasbourg

Ahead of the International Children’s Day celebrated on 1 June, the Council of Europe has published Guidelines for policy makers on engaging with victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse – “Nothing About Us Without Us”. This initiative is in line with the day’s mission...

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New Council of Europe Guide to children’s participation in decisions about their health released

29 April 2024 Strasbourg

Respect for free and informed consent is one of the fundamental rights of every patient cared for by a healthcare professional or institution. This principle lies at the heart of the doctor-patient relationship and is recognised by international law (Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine,...

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Tender call for provision of hospitality services in Reykjavík, Iceland

Deadline: 10 May 2024 19 April 2024 Barnahus Ireland

The Council of Europe is currently implementing the Project “Barnahus Ireland: Supporting the implementation of the Barnahus model in Ireland”. It is co-financed by the EU Structural Reform Support Programme and implemented in close cooperation with EU DG Reform and the Irish Department of...

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Montenegro to introduce Barnahus model to support child survivors and witnesses of violence, abuse and sexual exploitation

17 April 2024 Podgorica

The Government of Montenegro, with support from UNICEF, Council of Europe and the European Union, have today announced the introduction of a multidisciplinary model that provides child-friendly support for child survivors and witnesses of violence, abuse and exploitation, Barnahus (Children’s...

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Armenia: Council of Europe launches package of measures in response to refugee influx, including protecting children's rights

12 April 2024 Yerevan

The Council of Europe has launched a €2.8 million comprehensive response package to the refugee influx in Armenia. It includes four new initiatives and incorporated additional components into two ongoing projects. “The response package aims at protecting the human rights of refugees, resilience...

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National and regional representatives meet in Las Palmas to discuss the draft Strategy to scale up Barnahus services in Spain

Barnahus Spain 11 April 2024 Las Palmas

The first court specialised on violence against children in Spain is a pilot project settled in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since October 2021. With the aim of exploring this child-friendly justice experience and fostering the debate on regional policy measures to implement the Barnahus model, a...

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CJ/ENF-ISE - Work on an instrument on the rights and best interests of the child in care proceedings continues

9 April 2024 Strasbourg

At its 9th meeting (20-22 March 2024), 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) reviewed the draft recommendation on the protection of the rights and the best interests of the child in...

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