The PROMISE Project launches, promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services
The AudTrain II project launches, delivering trainings in system based audits of alternative care for children
Project outcomes turn into practical trainings, cooperation launched with the Nordic Council of Ministers
CBSS contributes to recommendations at cross-regional roundtable organised by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children
New report launched in August
Announcing AudTrain 2.0
Child-friendly justice: handling child evidence
Experts reflected on the Child exploitation: Cross-national child protection in practice 'PROTECT Children on the Move' Expert Meeting series, children’s participation and the way forward - Stockholm, March 2015 ...
Judges, Central Authorities and Social Services highlighted Transnational Child Protection issues - Riga, November 2014 ...
UN Special Rapporteur and the Lithuanian Ombudsperson for Child Rights contributed important inputs to the expert meeting case management - Vilnius, September 2014 …
March 2014: Recommendations on Assistance to Victims of Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region ...
Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, from Jamaica and SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, honouring children in a cross-regional meeting in Jamaica. CBSS contributed to the development of recommendations...
PRESS RELEASE: UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in Vilnius, Lithuania
Meeting schedule for Child exploitation: Cross-national child protection in practice PROTECT Children on the Move
Children are exposed to trafficking and exploitation in begging and criminality. Read the report…
01.04.2016 EGCC Meeting in Poland - April 2016
25.05.2016 UN cross-regional roundtable to promote accelerated progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children in Stockholm - May 2016
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 of child abuse and neglect,
- 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.