21st meeting of the Lanzarote Committee

20-22 June 2018 Strasbourg

The 21st meeting of the Lanzarote Committee (Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse – Lanzarote Convention), taking place from 20 to 22 June 2018, will bring together representatives of the 43...

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Implementation of the Barnahus response model for child sexual abuse in Slovenia takes a step ahead

15 June 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia

A workshop “Towards effective implementation of the Barnahus model in Slovenia: The role of legal professionals” is taking place in Ljubljana today. At the workshop, Slovenian professionals and Council of Europe experts will discuss how the Barnahus model can be adapted in the Slovenian justice...

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Workshop to adapt the HELP course on child-friendly justice into Georgian legal order

13 June 2018 Tbilisi, Georgia

A preparatory workshop for the adaptation of the Council of Europe HELP course on child-friendly justice into Georgian legal order is taking place today in Tbilisi. Organised in collaboration with the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia and the Georgian Bar Association, the workshop takes the...

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Norway ratifies the Lanzarote Convention

13 June 2018 Strasbourg

Norway is the 43rd country to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201). The Convention will enter into force as regards Norway on 1 October 2018. Full information on the ratification ceremony

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International joining of forces for the Protection of Children in Travel and Tourism

6-7 June 2018 Bogota, Colombia

An International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism is taking place in Bogotá DC, Colombia, this week. The summit is co-organised by a High-Level Task Force on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office on Drugs and...

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2nd and final meeting of the working group charged with drafting a Handbook for professionals on child-friendly information for children in migration on access to rights and procedures

30-31 May Strasbourg

The Council of Europe, under the Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021) and the Council of Europe Action Plan (2017-2019), held the second and final working group on a handbook on child-friendly information for children in migration in Strasbourg on 30-31 May 2018. The working group is...

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New study released on children’s views about the information they received about migration

31 May Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has published an empirical study based on the findings of workshops that took place in Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece and Hungary in 2017. Children on the move and otherwise affected by migration were asked to share their views and recommendations about the information they...

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High Level Global Conference on the Universal Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

31 May to 1 June Attard, Malta

A High level Global Conference on the Universal Prohibition of Corporal Punishment, under the patronage of Her Excellency the President of Malta and organised by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, will take place in Malta this week. The conference, to be opened by Marta...

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Setting up Barnahus/Children’s House in Slovenia: Council of Europe experts from Nordic countries supporting the process in Ljubljana

15-18 May 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia

As part of the joint EU-Council of Europe project “Barnahus/Children’s house”, a field research week was held in Ljubljana Slovenia, from 15 to 18 May. Three days of focus group meetings with authorities, practitioners and management level staff took place with a de-briefing workshop on 18 May....

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Putting children's wellbeing on the agenda

24 April 2018 Strasbourg

An event on children’s mental health and child-friendly justice was organised by the PACE Committee on Social Affairs on 24 April. The event built on the conclusions of the seminar organised in London in November 2017 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in co-operation with the Sub-Committee...

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Working group meets to draft handbook on child-friendly information for children in migration

9-10 April 2018 Strasbourg

The first working group of experts to draft a handbook for professionals on child-friendly information for children in migration on access to rights and procedures met on 9-10 April. This handbook is part of the Council of Europe Action plan on protecting refugee and migrant children (2017-2019)....

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Child sexual abuse in sport: Council of Europe calls for action to break the silence

5 April 2018 Madrid

“Start to Talk” is a Council of Europe call for action to public authorities and the sport movement to take the necessary prevention and protection measures to stop child sexual abuse. By joining this call, governments, sports clubs, associations and federations, as well as athletes and coaches,...

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New policy guidelines to protect children of imprisoned parents

4 April 2018 Strasbourg

New policy guidelines have been issued aimed at safeguarding the rights and interests of children of imprisoned parents. Some 2.1 million children in Europe have one of their parents in prison, according to estimates based on the number of inmates in prisons. These children may experience trauma,...

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Emphasis on Children’s Rights in Commissioner for Human Rights’ 1st Quarterly Activity Report 2018

23 MARCH 2018 Strasbourg

Commissioner Mr Nils Muižnieks’s activity report for the first quarter of 2018 has been published after being presented to the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly. According to the Commissioner “children are the future of any society and must be given the skills to build mutual...

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Co-operation with UNICEF: UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Director, Afshan Khan, visiting the Council of Europe

21 March 2018 Strasbourg

To underscore the close cooperation between UNICEF and the Council of Europe, Ms Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Special Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, visited the Council on 21 March. While mutual work visits and joint activities...

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Kick-off meeting of the joint European Union and Council of Europe project “Barnahus/Children’s House”

19-20 March 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia

A kick-off meeting of the EU and Council of Europe joint project “Barnahus/Children’s House” took place in Ljubljana on 19-20 March. Participants discussed the adaptation of the Barnahus response model for child victims and witnesses of sexual exploitation and abuse in Slovenia, taking into...

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Eurochild Advocacy Toolkit: new publication aimed at promoting child participation, edited with Council of Europe support

7 March 2018 Brussels

Eurochild, a Brussels-based European network of organisations advocating for children’s rights, just published a new Toolkit with support from the Council of Europe. The purpose of the Toolkit is to engage children and young people in advocating for children’s right to participate in...

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New web-page: child-friendly information for children in migration and life projects

5 March 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a web-page on child-friendly information in migration and life projects where you can find all the information, reports and multimedia resources linked to this topic. The Children’s Rights Division will continue supporting States to develop tools for...

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Call for applications: Handbook on child-friendly information for children in migration

27 February 2018 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has launched a restricted consultation procedure to form a working group of 5 experts to draft a Handbook on child-friendly information for children in migration. This Handbook is part of the Council of Europe Action plan on protecting refugee and migrant children...

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Lanzarote Committee 2nd implementation report published

13 February 2018 Strasbourg

In a new report published today, the Lanzarote Committee analyses the strategies used by 26 State Parties to protect children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust (extended family and persons close to the child who exercise influence over the child). According to the report, States Parties...

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