Welcome to canee.net!

The webpage canee.net is run by the Empowering Children Foundation (formerly Nobody's Children Foundation), based in Poland, with financial support of the OAK Foundation. It is dedicated to the problem of abused and neglected children in Central and Eastern Europe. It includes information on the scale and various dimensions of this negative phenomenon in Central and Eastern Europe – results of research, statistics and legislation in force concerning situation of children. This page also consists of descriptions of activities undertaken in order to protect children’s rights.

Council of Europe – HELP course on refugee and migrant children

HELP course on Refugee and Migrant Children is created for legal and other professionals to improve their knowledge and skills. It is developed in an interactive way and includes various practical exercises through seven modules covering introduction to the legal framework, child-friendly procedures, alternatives to detention, family reunification, social rights and integration, guardianship and age assessment.

Children on the move, especially in an irregular way, remain one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe today. For instance, some 26,000 child migrants arrived in Europe in 2015 without any family. Regardless of their status and the fact that they are accompanied or not, children on the move may suffer persistent violations of their rights.

Situation report: Criminal networks involved in the trafficking and exploitation of underage victims in the EU

Trafficking in human beings (THB) is one of the identified crime priorities of the current EU Policy Cycle 2018-2021. This Europol report, published in October 2018, for the first time at EU level, analyses and clearly describes the features of criminal networks involved in one of the most ominous crimes of all. It is oriented towards explaining the current crime situation providing an overview of all relevant factors (OCGs, criminal markets, and geographical dimension).

E-learnings for parents and professionals in the project „We protect children against sexual abuse”

The project entitled „We protect children against sexual abuse" was designed to develop high-quality educational resources for parents, educators, as well as professionals working with children and their families. It was implemented by the Empowering Children Foundation (Poland), Paramos Vaikams Center (Lithuania) and Dardedze Center (Latvia). Now ECF shares the content with interested organizations in order to prepare other language versions of the e-learning courses.

Internet Watch Foundation research on child sex abuse live-streaming

A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), published in May 2018, has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

The research, which was conducted over a three-month period from August to October 2017, identified 2,082 images and videos of live-streamed child sexual abuse. It revealed that 98% of images found were of children aged 13 and under, 28% were aged 10 or under, while the youngest victim was just three-years-old.


Education in the line of fire – report from Eastern Ukraine of the Vostok-SOS organization

The newest (September 2018) report prepared by organization Vostok-SOS/East-SOS presents the result of a study on the situation of Ukrainian schools located within the 15-km zone along the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

E-learning course for parents: How to protect children against sexual abuse

The project entitled „We protect children against sexual abuse" was designed to develop high-quality educational resources for parents, educators, as well as professionals working with children and their families. The e-learning provides information on how parents can talk to children about their bodies, safety, dangerous situations, to improve their protection against sexual abuse, and how to react when children face dangerous situations online and in the real world (including legal intervention).

Save the Children released its second annual “End of Childhood Index” (2018)

The index compares countries by a set of indicators representing life-changing events that signal the disruption of childhood: poor health, malnutrition, exclusion from education, child labor, child marriage, early pregnancy and extreme violence. These "childhood enders" are most prevalent where poverty, conflict and gender bias overlap to create toxic environments for children.

Child sexual abuse is preventable, not inevitable – TEDMED Talk by Elizabeth J. Letourneau, PhD

About half of all sexual offences committed against prepubescent children are committed by other children. In the same time 97 to 98 percent of children convicted of a sexual offense are never reconvicted of another one. "This shows that adolescent sexual offending is highly variable and it suggests strongly that we can prevent that first offense. Yet instead of focusing on prevention we focus nearly all of our efforts on punishment." - says professor Letourneau and explains how initiatives that target juvenile sex offenders can play an important role in preventing future offenses. 

World Refugee Day 2018– situation of refugee and migrant children in Europe

© Rafael Ben-Ari – Fotolia.com
© Rafael Ben-Ari – Fotolia.com
52% of all refugees and asylum seekers in Europe are children under 18, which is the highest proportion in a decade - including many who are unaccompanied or separated from their families (source: UNHCR Global Trends Report 2017). During the first quarter of 2018, some 16,700 refugees and migrants entered Europe through the Mediterranean Routes. One in five of all new arrivals are children, informs UNICEF in its "Situation report" from January-March 2018).