The exhibition “Austerity Bites: Children’s Voices” is the result of a cooperation between the Council of Europe and the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children.
The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The programme "Building a Europe for and with children" was set up to secure and promote children’s human rights, and to promote children from all forms of violence.
The European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) links independent offices for children from countries in Europe. Its aims are to encourage the fullest possible implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, support collective lobbying for children’s rights, share information, approaches and strategies, and promote the development of effective independent offices for children.
Caged Beastie was founded by Martin Ayres in 2004. Martin Ayres listened to the ideas of the 36 children and together with them helped the children realise the short videos and animations. Caged Beastie develops and delivers creative learning opportunities in Scotland and internationally using creative media as a means of creative expression, advocacy, consultation and development. This involves working in partnership with schools, museums, local authorities, community organisations, and various other non-governmental organisations.