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Register now for the 2016 Eurochild Conference!

July 5, 2016 - July 7, 2016

Eurochild, together with Kind en Gezin and Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance are cohosting the conference Children’s Rights Matter: Why Europe needs to invest in children”. It will be the first event to bring together children and young people with practitioners, policy makers and politicians. This will give the youngest members of society a platform to express their opinions and make their voices heard.

The Eurochild conference Children’s Rights Matter: Why Europe needs to invest in children, aims to take stock of progress, address on-going challenges, share good practice, and bring together different perspectives.  Conference participants, both young and old, will learn and reflect on how policies and services promote the rights of all children in the five sub-themes: education, early years, health promotion, family strengthening, social protection and welfare support. For each of these themes we will focus on three target groups of children: children in poverty, children on the move or affected by migration, and children in care or in risk of going into care.

Why should you attend?

  • 3 days of interactive learning opportunities and discussions with politicians, policy makers, practitioners and children and young people
  • 3 target groups in focus: Children in poverty; Children on the move or affected by migration; Children in care or in risk of going into care
  • 5 sub-themes: Education; Early years policies; Health promotion; Family strengthening; Social protection and welfare support
  • More than 14 services for children and families open their doors to participants
  • More than 13 workshops to discover promising practices around education, health, families and social protection
  • Be part of a unique experience of reflecting on children’s rights, with children.

Here is a list of some of the speakers who will be attending the event:

  • Elke Sleurs: State Secretary for Combating Poverty, for Equal Opportunities, for Disabled People and for Science Policy, Belgium
  • Gianluca Esposito: Head of Equality and Human Dignity Department, Council of Europe
  • Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos: Head of Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Margaret Tuite: Coordinator for the Rights of the Child, European Commission
  • Bruno Vanobbergen: Flemish Children’s Rights Commissioner, Belgium
  • Valeriu Nicolae: Children’s rights and Roma activist, Romania
  • Cath Larkins: Co-Director of the Centre for Children’s and Young People’s Participation, University of Central Lancashire

Click here to read more about the event on Eurochild’s website, download the full programme of the conference here and click here to find out more about the children’s involvement in the project.


July 5, 2016
July 7, 2016
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Palace of Academies
Rue Ducale 1
Bruxelles, 1000 Belgium


Andrea Witt, Executive Assistant /Conference Coordinator, Eurochild
+32 (0)2 211 05 55
View Organiser Website