How we work

Expert Group The Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (EGCC) was founded in 1999, and became a working group within the CBSS in 2002. The EGCC is a platform of exchange for professionals working to support children at risk. The Expert Group consists of senior officials from the CBSS Member States appointed by the ministries responsible for children’s issues in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The European Commission has a seat in the Group. Together the group shares national developments and discusses ways to address gaps in services, expertise and capacity.
Safe and secure Ensuring a safe and secure region is one of the priorities of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), and the Baltic Sea Region is a model for regional cooperation in child protection. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) guarantees the world’s children human rights, dignity and integrity as well as safety and security. Based on the UNCRC, the CBSS Member States are implementing legislative, political and administrative measures in order to combat violence against children and ensure that children are safe, healthy, educated and motivated – thus enhancing societal sustainability and prosperity.
Priorities The CBSS Member States work to ensure comprehensive and sustainable child protection to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. Focus areas include: 
  • Promoting child rights including child-friendly justice
  • Early intervention and prevention,
  • Protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation,
  • Protecting migrant children and child victims of trafficking
  • Ensuring the rights of children in alternative care
Projects and partners The Children’s Unit and the Expert Group (EGCC) address the situation of children by implementing projects that conduct research, develop trainings, and nurture professional networks. Expert consultations are widely used to highlight good practices and agree on recommendations. Cooperation among ministries, academia, the private sector, civil society and children is encouraged at national and regional levels in order to strengthen local implementation capacity. The United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union and other regional entities are important standard setters and continue to inspire action and reflection.