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. The Council of Baltic Sea States took part in the meeting.
PROTECT Children on the Move:Report and presentations on Returns and Transfers: International and European standards, procedures and safeguards – Riga, May
Project 2014-2015 - PROTECT Children on the Move - Child exploitation: Cross-national child protection in practice
PROTECT Children on the Move: Report and presentations on best interest assessment in transnational cases of children exposed to exploitation and trafficking - Stockholm, January
AudTrain training materials available online
Report: Children trafficked for exploitation in begging and criminality
09.09.2014 Third Expert meeting on case management. PROTECT children on the move project. Vilnius, Lithuania
26.11.2014 Fourth expert meeting on the role of central and local authorities. PROTECT children on the move project. Riga, Latvia
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 can 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 and children are entitled to dignity and integrity, as well as 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.
Priorities The Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States work to ensure comprehensive and sustainable child protection to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children. A multi-sectorial approach and cooperation between 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 of children in the region by conducting research, implementing projects and nurturing professional networks. Expert consultations are widely used to highlight good practices and agree on recommendations. Cooperation between government departments, academia, the private sector, civil society and citizens are encouraged at national and regional level in order to strengthen local implementation capacity and make progress. The United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union and other regional entities are important standard setters and continue to inspire action and reflection.