WorldForum 2008: Early Intervention and Prevention

Each year the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) holds an international conference known as the WorldForum, which is co-hosted by one of its member organisations. This year, from 29th September to 1st October 2008, the WorldForum is being held in Cardiff, Wales and is being co-hosted by Children in Wales.

New report on Childhood without Abuse Project

The report describes three years of implementation of Childhood without Abuse Project. The project, launched in 2005, aimed at developing a comprehensive system of support and protection for abused and neglected children. The project has been implemented in seven countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine.

Raise your hand against smacking!

On 15 June 2008, in Zagrzeb, Croatia, the Council of Europe will start a Europe-wide awareness-raising initiative against corporal punishment of children "Raise your hand against smacking". The campaign will focus on the need to ban corporal punishment of children and promoting positive parenting.

Seminar on child trafficking prevention, 10 – 15th June 2008, Bulgaria

Bulgarian Network for Youth Trafficking Prevention invites for a seminar on networking for child and youth trafficking prevention in Bulgaria, Bansko, 10 - 15th June 2008.

Application deadline is 31st May 2008.

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Handbook on Planning Projects to Prevent Child Trafficking

"A Handbook on Planning Projects to Prevent Child Trafficking" by Mike Dottridge, published by Terre des Hommes, gives particular attention to improving quality of preventive work, as well as increasing the amount of work being done in the field of child trafficking.

Newsletter BRISTLY No. 31

Next issue of First Children's Embassy in the World - MEGJASHI newsletter is available to download.

International Missing Children’s Day

On 25th of May, the International Missing Children's Day was celebrated across Europe. It provided an opportunity to commemorate missing children, express support to parents and victims and raise awareness about the issue. Inspired by the action carried out in Canada, the forget-me-not has been adopted as a symbol for Missing Children's Day in Europe.

Council of Europe releases new publication on the rights of the child

"Child rights in Europe" by Geraldine van Bueren analyses the effectiveness of the judicial protection of children's rights within the Council of Europe.

The issue is examined both from the perspective of the European Court of Human Rights and the judgments of the highest national courts within the Member States.

European Commission announces a call for proposals in Moldova

The Delegation of the European Commission to Moldova launched an open call for proposals under the programme European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).


Eligible applicants must be non-governmental organizations or higher education institutions. The proposals should focus on "Democratic participation" or "Promotion of freedom of expression, freedom of press". Deadline for applications is 1th July 2008.

Council of Europe urges governments to ratify a Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Abuse

The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse was adopted and opened for signature in October 2007, and since then has been signed by 28 of the Council of Europe's member states. It is the first international treaty to provide criminal penalties for those who sexually abuse children and a valuable tool for preventing and combating violations of children's fundamental rights.