European Forum on the Rights of the Child
Time: 6-8 November 2017
Location: Brussels, Belgium
The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission. It gathers key actors from EU Member States (as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the Western Balkans), international organisations, NGOs, Ombudspersons for children, practitioners, academics and EU institutions to promote good practice on the rights of the child.
In the context of the forthcoming UN Global study on children deprived of liberty, and in follow-up to the 12 April 2017 Communication on the protection of children in migration, the 2017 Forum will be dedicated to the topic of children deprived of their liberty and alternatives to detention.
On 7 November 2017, plenary addresses by representatives of EU institutions and international organisations will serve to frame the legal and policy contexts at European and international level.
On 8 November, in four parallel sessions, we will address:
Children in conflict with the law
Detention of children in the context of migration
Children in institutions (deprived of parental care, with disabilities, mental health reasons)
Children of parents in prison
- Background reading (last update 12.10.2017)
- Data on children deprived of their liberty (last update 12.10.2017)
- International standards on deprivation of liberty of children (last update 12.10.2017)
Time passes differently for children. See a child’s perception of time by Maximilian Kiener.
7.11.2017 – The Forum, Day One
8.11.2017 – The Forum Day Two: Morning plenary session, parallel session one and closing plenary session
8.11.2017 – The Forum Day Two: Parallel Session Two
8.11.2017 – The Forum Day Two: Parallel Session Three
8.11.2017 – The Forum Day Two: Parallel Session Four
SIDE EVENT – Registration for the side event is closed (event is full)
A side-event focusing on pathways and vulnerabilities of children who are affected by deprivation of liberty (their own or that of their parents) will take place on 6 and 7 November.
6.11.2017 – Side Event Day One
7.11.2017 – Side Event Day Two
Participation and registration
Demand for places always exceeds supply. Because of the limited capacity of the venue and the need to ensure a balanced representation across all EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the countries of the Western Balkans – and to ensure the participation of stakeholders whose work directly relates to the topics under discussion who can therefore contribute to follow-up, the Commission will only be able to accept requests for participation using these criteria.
Please note that registration does not therefore guarantee that you will participate in the Forum.
Participation is strictly by invitation only. In principle, participation is limited to one representative per organisation. The first person to register on behalf of an organisation will, in principle, be considered as the organisation’s proposed participant.
If your application is accepted, you will be contacted by a contractor acting on behalf of the European Commission to confirm your registration and to arrange travel and accommodation, if required. Travel and accommodation expenses are to be covered by the European Commission. Do not organise your own travel and accommodation, as it will not be possible to reimburse any costs for any tickets or accommodation booked and paid for by participants.
6-7 November – Side Event: Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart/Froissartstraat 36, B-1040 Brussels.
7-8 November – The Forum: Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart/Froissartstraat 36, B-1040 Brussels.
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Other relevant documents
EU acquis and policy documents on the rights of the child
Summary of EU-funded projects on rights of the child and violence against children 2013-present
Compilation of data, situation and media reports on children in migration
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