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

22 July 2021 Strasbourg

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

19 July 2021 Strasbourg

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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Call for Tenders: Purchase of international intellectual consultancy services in the area of child participation

16 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe/European Union Joint Project on ‘Strengthening National Child Participation Frameworks and Action in Europe’ (the CP4EUROPE project) is launching the following Call: Purchase of international intellectual consultancy services in the area of child participation. Below, kindly...

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“Boosting child and youth participation – from voice to choice” – New Human Rights Comment by Commissioner Dunja Mijatović

12 July 2021 Strasbourg

The Commissioner for Human Rights new “Human Rights Comment” points to the many ways in which children’s concerns were neglected during the Covid-19 pandemic in Council of Europe member states. The current opportunity of ‘building back better’ should be seized to give new impetus to Article 12 of...

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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)

Report of 2nd joint CDCJ and CDENF bureaux meeting

24 June 2021 Videoconference

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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Public launch of the report on the use of automated technology to detect online child sexual exploitation and abuse

28 June 2021 Strasbourg

On 28 June 2021, the Council of Europe is organising a public online event to present the independent experts’ report “Respecting human rights and the rule of law when using automated technology to detect online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA)”. The scale of online child sexual...

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32nd Plenary meeting of the Lanzarote Committee

24 June 2021 Strasbourg

On 28-30 June 2021, the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Committee) is holding the 32nd plenary meeting online. The Committee will examine: Chapters II and III (on “Jurisdiction...

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Call for Tenders for International Short-Term Consultancy Services for Co-Operation Projects in the Area of Family Justice

23 June 2021 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe is looking for a maximum of 90 Provider(s) for the provision of consultancy services in order to support the implementation of projects (both country-specific and regional) and cooperation activities implemented by the Department for the Implementation of Human Rights,...

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World Refugee Day, 20 June

Age assessment for children in migration: Animation launched in 6 new languages and child-friendly leaflet!

18 June 2021 Strasbourg

On the World Refugee Day on 20 June, the Council of Europe is launching six new language versions of the video animation on age assessment for children in migration developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). The new published versions are Arabic,...

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Closing conference of the EndOCSEA@EUROPE Project

Fighting OCSEA with new standards and policies, more research, knowledge and targeted awareness raising tools

15 June 2021 ENDOCSEA

The Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe) Closing Conference will take place online on 17 June organised as part of Together to #ENDviolence, as an affiliate event of the Solutions Summit Series. Three webinars will bring to light...

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Council of Europe Regional Conference

Improving operational capacities to tackle online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA)

9 June 2021 EndOCSEA

The Council of Europe Project to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe) launched its new training package for law enforcement, judges and prosecutors to improve their operational capacities in tackling OCSEA in an online Regional Conference on 3-4 June 2021. The...

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Pilot training on online child sexual abuse and exploitation for judges, prosecutors and the national police

2 June 2021 Online

On 25 – 26 May 2021 the Council of Europe regional project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse @ Europe (EndOCSEA@Europe) and project on Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova held a training on “Online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OCSEA)” for police,...

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Council of Europe projects in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine mark the International Children’s Day

1 June 2021 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Children’s Day (1 June), the Council of Europe cooperation projects have organised a series of activities to raise awareness on children’s rights, child abuse (including in the digital environment), and prevention measures, with a focus on sensitizing children...

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1 June 2021

Council of Europe to contribute to the UNCRC Day of General Discussion 2021 on children's rights and alternative care

25 May 2021 Strasbourg

On 1 June 2021, the Council of Europe Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) is organising an online Regional Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care to contribute to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Day of General Discussion (DGD) on this theme. The event...

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Integrated support services to boost well-being of children will pay off in the future, says Icelandic Minister

18 May 2021 Strasbourg

“When families seek support for their children, they often feel like they are in a maze, walking in impasses, obliged to tell their story from the beginning every time and to co-ordinate the work of specialists they sometimes do not fully understand,” said Icelandic Minister of Social Affairs and...

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CDENF 3rd Plenary meeting, 18-20 May 2021

Draft Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child to be examined at the CDENF plenary meeting

12 May 2021 Strasbourg

On 18-20 May 2021, the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) will hold its 3rd plenarymeeting in an online format. The Committee will primarily focus on examining the first draft of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027) prepared in transversal and...

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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 Strasbourg

On 14-15 April 2021, 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 3rd meeting to examine its draft feasibility studies on the best interest of the child in parental separation...

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Committee of Ministers calls on member states to intensify their efforts to protect children’s privacy in the digital environment, particularly in COVID-19 context

29 April 2021 Strasbourg

Member states should enhance safeguarding measures in processing personal data of children, notably health-related data and data collected in education settings, to minimise potential adverse effects, including the public identification of a child as a COVID-19 carrier, said the Council of...

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Annual activity report 2020

Protection of the rights of the child remained high on the agenda of Commissioner for Human Rights

23 April 2021 Strasbourg

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the erosion of the democratic fabric of our society on which the protection of human rights ultimately depends… The pandemic has revealed with tragic clarity the many and growing inequalities that exist in our countries”, warned Council of Europe...

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Barnahus Law in Slovenia adopted unanimously

6 April 2021 Strasbourg

26 March 2021, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Law on Child Protection in Criminal Proceeding and their comprehensive treatment in Barnahus (Zakon o zaščiti otrok v kazenskem postopku in njihovi celoviti obravnavi v otroškem domu), or the Barnahus Law, the first of...

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