Interdisciplinary help for child victims of crime, abuse and neglect

No. 23/2008 of the periodical "Abused Child. Theory, Research and Practice" published by the Nobody's Children Foundation was dedicated to the problem of systemic help for abused children, which is also the leading theme for the current year's Childhood Without Abuse Project activities.

Ukrainian media about child trafficking

The growing problem of child trafficking and child abuse through prostitution is raising concerns in Ukrainian media. The Epoch Times, in an article based on UN report, states that children aged from 13 to 18 make ten percent of trafficking victims in Ukraine.

Swansea University: Rights of the Child Conference

On 19th September 2008, conference devoted to the rights of the child will be held at Swansea University, UK. The conference will bring together leading international experts who can reflect on the driving forces behind the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the long process leading to its adoption. Their presentations will revisit contemporary political and academic debate, the concepts and the visions eventually reflected in the text of the Convention and will consider how far expectations and aspirations as to its implementation have been fulfilled.

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.