How we work

Expert Group The Children’s Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat implements decisions made by the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (EGCC), and initiates projects and cooperation on child rights and protection issues across the Baltic Sea Region and beyond.  The Expert Group consists of senior officials from the 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, as a member to the Council of the Baltic Sea States, may also appoint a member to the group.
Safe and secure The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees children their human rights, including dignity, integrity, safety and security. Ensuring a safe and secure region for all is one of the priorities of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). The Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States are continuously implementing the Convention through 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 In implementing the decisions of the EGCC and initiating projects and cooperation, we are working to ensure comprehensive and sustainable child protection in order to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. A multi-sectorial approach and cooperation among relevant authorities and other stakeholders are the main working methods. Focus areas include early intervention and prevention, protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation, the protection of migrant children and child victims of trafficking, and the rights of children in residential care and other forms of out-of-home care.
Projects and partners The Children’s Unit and the Expert Group (EGCC) monitor and respond to the situation for children in the region by conducting research, implementing projects and nurturing professional networks. Expert consultations are often used to highlight good practices and agree on recommendations. Cooperation among government departments, academia, the private sector, civil society and citizens is encouraged at the national and regional levels in order to strengthen local implementation capacity and make progress toward regional goals. The United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union and other regional entities are important standard setters and continue to inspire action and reflection.