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.




IPS about Romania: State Grows Up in Looking After Children

Inter Press Service presents and article by Claudia Ciobanu on the reform of child care system in Romania.
Main element of the transformation, which started in 2001, was the switch from placing children in care institutions to finding them a place in a more family-type units or with a foster family.

FACT Project in Moldova

The FACT (Fight Against Child Trafficking) Project has been implemented by Terre des hommes, in cooperation with Salvati Copiii Moldova since 2004. The objective of the project is to implement preventive measures and provide assistance at a local level.



Eurochild’s Annual Conference 2008

Eurochild is holding its fifth Annual Conference under the title "Including Children: a child rights approach to child well-being". The event will be organized in cooperation with Hungarian organization Family, Child & Youth Association. The conference will be held from 5th to 7th November 2008, in Budapest, Hungary.



Universal Periodic Review Toolkit

NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child has prepared a child rights Universal Periodic Review toolkit. The aim of this toolkit it to help users understand the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and how NGOs can participate and contribute.

Committee on the Rights of the Child supports the campaign for communication procedure

NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child has launched a campaign for a new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, establishing a complaints/communications procedure.

Council of Europe Conference: Building a Europe for and with children

Next Council of Europe conference devoted to children rights will be held from 8th to 10th September 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference will aim towards building a strategy for 2009 - 2011.

International Conference: Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe

On the 21st and 22nd October 2008, the III International Juvenile Justice Observatory Conference will take place in Valencia, Spain. The theme of this year's conference is "Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: current situation, trends in applicable models and good practices".

Juvenile Justice in Hungary

International Juvenile Justice Observatory presents an interview with Erika Varadi, Criminology Professor at the Sciences Institute's Criminals, Criminal Law and Criminology Department of the Miskolc University in Hungary. Ms Varadi analyses the development of juvenile justice and youth delinquency prevention systems in Hungary. Application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, needs of youth at risk of delinquency and prevention programmes are among discussed issues.

Child-friendly version of the UN Guidelines on Justice in matters involving child victims and witnesses of crime

The guide is a joint publication by UNICEF and United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime. Written in a language easily understood by children, it provides explanations of rules and legal notions present in the original document.