Across Europe enormous progress has been made in recognising children’s rights since adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, but significant challenges remain. One in five children is growing up in poverty and exclusion; there are unprecedented numbers of migrant and refugee children entering Europe – many of them unaccompanied; and still over half a million children are placed in institutional care, in contradiction to all human rights standards.
The 2013 European Commission Recommendation Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage recognises the importance of integrated strategies to tackle child poverty and social exclusion. Now the focus is on implementation within EU member states – a challenge that is compounded by the climate of austerity and the recent influx of migrants and refugees.
The Eurochild conference Children’s Rights Matter: Why Europe needs to invest in children, aims to take stock of progress, address on-going challenges, share good practice, and bring together different perspectives.
It will take place on 5-7 July 2016, at the prestigious Palace of Academies in Brussels, co-hosted by Eurochild members Kind en Gezin and Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance.
Who should attend?
It will bring together practitioners, researchers, civil society actors, policy and decision makers along with children and young people themselves to contribute to the realisation of children’s rights in Europe.
What’s unique about this conference?
Children and young people will play a central role, not only as participants but as organisers, advisers, co-chairs, co-facilitators and speakers. Eurochild's commitment to children’s participation and experience in participatory practices through initiatives, such as CATS, a global annual meeting of children and adults in Switzerland, enables them to offer each participant a real vision of how active engagement of children can contribute to better policy making, better services and ultimately a better future for everyone.
Registration begins in March!
Eurochild organises a conference every two years in partnership with its one or more national member organisations.
How can you get involved?
Please see Eurochild for further information