Children in Institutions

Thomas Hammarberg: Children should not be treated as criminals

In his article published by eGov monitor Thomas Hammarberg, European Commissioner for Human Rights addresses the disturbing European trend to lock up more children for offences at an earlier age. He argues that young offenders are children first and foremost and should be protected by human rights standards for children.



Keeping the door open: Assistance to children leaving care in the Baltic Sea Region

The report by Working Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk of Council of the Baltic States describes situation of children leaving institutions in the Baltic Sea Region. It refers to unequal access to support and the lack of sensitivity regarding the rights of each young person leaving care to receive assistance according to her or his specific needs.



School Free from Violence Project

"School Free from Violence" is a project implemented in Bulgaria by UNICEF, the State Agency for Child Protection, Sofia Municipality, Ministry of Education and Science, and other institutions. The project aims toward creating a safe and supporting school environment through direct interaction with children, teachers and parents in the school.

AFP: Children’s homes in Bulgaria

As described in a recent article by Agence France Presse, Bulgaria is struggling to modernize its child homes network. Child care system is badly affected by lack of qualified personnel, abuse cases and inadequate adoption regulations. Recent dramatic incidents proved that safety of 8 000 abandoned children in Bulgaria is at risk.


Full version of the article is available here.