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2008 Events : jan - feb- mar - apr - may - jun - jul - aug - sep - oct - nov - dec


 

december

Nisida ( Italy) 15-17 December 2008

“Strategies and Systems of juvenile justice in Europe about young offenders recidivism"

Argument:
The Office of the Italian Juvenile Justice Department, Ministry of Justice”, has organised an international conference direct to analyse the European context of juvenile justice systems, models and intervention programmes applied into the countries members of the E.U.
The conference will be specially focused on the introduction of a research action report about the phenomenon of juvenile recidivism and some guidelines in order to identify the most effective operational strategies to reduce the number of young recidivists.

The work in the conference will be developed on three parts:

-Analysis of the phenomenon of recidivism;
- Modeling and guide-lines;
-Trend of the Juvenile Justice in Europe.
The research has involved the following countries: Germany, Italy, Portugal and Romania.

Contact:
Minister of Justice
Department for Juvenile Justice
Office IV Studies, research & international activities
Via Ippolito Nievo 12 - 00153
Rome - Italy
Tel.: (+39) 06.585220215
Fax: (+39) 06.585220231
e-mail: ricerche.dgm@giustizia.it

European Research Center in Nisida
Via Nisida 59 - 80124 Naples - Italy
Tel.: (+39) 081.6192273
Fax: (+39) 081.6192271
e-mail: ceus.dgm@giustizia.it


Brussels ( Belgium) 10 December 2008

“Awareness day: Children in the Streets of Europe “

Argument
The event is organized in the European Parliament to raise public awareness of the existence of extreme poverty and social exclusion of street children in the EU and the European social process that aims to decrease the risk of poverty and social exclusion by 2010.
During the conference EFSC (European Federation for Street Children) and ERIO (The European Roma Information Office) will present the situation of street children in Europe illustrated by significant reports from some of the most concerned regional or municipal scenarios. One focus will be on Roma children for whom social integration in the Western industrialized societies proves to be particularly difficult.
Projects will be proposed in which efficient prevention and reintegration measures using a community-based approach will be presented, such as projects addressing drug addiction amongst street children.

The objectives of the meeting are:
• To raise political and public awareness in the European, national and regional media of the situation of street children as a highly vulnerable and at-risk social group in European societies as well as of the need for positive inclusive action as proposed by the EU social solidarity policy in order to strengthen their rights and combat all forms of offence and abuse against them.
• To improve the participation of street children in an effective yet sensible way in the EU-level policymaking processes and decisions that will affect their lives.
• To provide the EU institutions with up-to-date information about contacts, projects and co-operation between EFSC national member organisations; to act as a liaison between each EU institution and the strategic concepts of other European-level advocacy structures in which EFSC is actively involved

Draft programme: http://www.efsc-eu.org/uploads/fmanager/programfin07.11.08.pdf

Contact
European Federation for Street Children (EFSC)
34, Square Vergote
B - 1030 Bruxelles
Tel + 32 2 347 78 48
Fax + 32 2 347 79 46
E-mail: info@efsc-eu.org
Website: http://www.efsc-eu.org


Brussels ( Belgium) 10 December 2008

“EURONET's Campaign to Ban Corporal Punishment against Children in the Home!”

Argument:
EURONET is organizing a launch event in the European Parliament on December 10th under the patronage of the European Parliament. Guest speakers at the event include Elda Moreno from the Council of Europe, Peter Newell from the Global Initiative to end all corporal punishment of children, and children from the UK and Romania speaking on the topic.

A position paper has now been drafted and will be presented at the event, putting forward a number of recommendations to the EU, urging Member States to support the call to end all forms of corporal punishment against children, raise awareness and resource positive parenting programmes. The Statement of Support to Make Europe a Corporal Punishment Free Zone for Children will also be presented and will receive its first official signing at the launch.

Contact
European Children's Network
Avenue des Arts, 1
1210 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: 00 32 02 2170186
Email: info@europeanchildrensnetwork.org
Website: www.europeanchildrensnetwork.eu


Strasbourg( France) 6-9 December 2008

Seminar “Children and Young People in Care: What do YOUth think?”

Argument:
In the past the Council of Europe and international NGOs, have carried out measures to remedy the situation of the children without parental care, through international standards, guidelines and recommendations.
Against this background, the Council of Europe is organizing this seminar with SOS-Kinderdorf International to promote the rights of children and young people in alternative care in Europe by setting the basis for cooperation between youth representatives and the Council of Europe.
During the seminar fifteen children and young people from alternative care in Europe and five representatives of youth led organizations will be chosen to participate.

Registration: www.sos-childrensvillages.org/focus-areas/child-rights/advocacy-in-action/pages/what-do-youth-think.aspx

Contact:
Liaison and Advocacy Office
Nussdorfer Str. 65
1090 Vienna
Tel: + 43 1 310 23 98 10
Email: info@sos-childrensvillages.org
Website: www.sos-childrensvillages.org


Glasgow (UK) , 3-5 December 2008

Picture this... Young children and the arts

Argument
The arts can transform and enhance the lives of children and contribute to lifelong creativity and wellbeing. This major international conference follows on from Children in Europe's widely praised publication “Picture this…Young children and the arts” and will consider the significance of the arts (encompassing all art forms) in learning, social and emotional development and communication. Drawing on research and practical examples from the UK, Europe and around the world, the conference will examine the variety of ways the arts are used in developing learning and communication and in promoting inclusion.

Programme: http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/html/tra_tshow.php?ref=1065
Registration: http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/html/tra_tsessions.php?ref=1065

Contact :
Lynn Gilmour
Children in Scotland
Princes House, 5 Shandwick Place
Edinburgh EH2 4RG
tel: 0131 222 2443
E-mail: lgilmour@childreninscotland.org.uk
web site: http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/index.htm




Verona (Italy) , 27-28 November 2008

Promote integration of marginalized children and youth from a migration background through social inclusion: schooling, vocational training and participation

Argument
EFSC in partnership with its Italian member organization Istituto Don Calabria is organising this conference which will act as a forum for critical discussions about all aspects of the consequences of migration for at-risk children. The targets are specially Roma children migrating into the Southern European EU Member States (France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain). The contents of the meeting are current issues relating to this phenomenon, which is of growing importance to the social and political integration of the EU. It will focus in particular on innovative and successful methods developed in the above- mentioned Member States to promote the active inclusion and integration of these children and youth with strong exclusion problems following this migration background.

Contact
European Federation for Street Children (EFSC)
34, Square Vergote
B - 1030 Bruxelles
Tel + 32 2 347 78 48
Fax + 32 2 347 79 46
E-mail: info@enscw.org
Website: http://www.efsc-eu.org


Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) , 25-28 November 2008

World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Children 2008

Argument
This is the third global meeting of governments, NGOs, International organizations, academics, media and individuals, convened to map out the programme of action that must be taken to combat sexual exploitation of children.
The Government of Brazil,UNICEF, ECPAT International, and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child are planning the World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (World Congress III) to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 25-28 November 2008. These four prime partners form the Central Organising Committee, whose task is to coordinate action among governments and other stakeholders worldwide to enable World Congress III to meet its aims.
Representatives of the previous World Congresses host governments – the Government of Sweden and the Government of Japan – have a place on the Central Organising Committee as permanent advisors. Two other structures have been created to facilitate preparation for the World Congress III, – a Congress Rapporteur and an Expert Advisory Group. (EAG).

Programme

Registration

Contact :
Subsecretaria de Promoção dos Direitos da Criança e do Adolescente
Secretaria Especial dos Direitos Humanos
Esplanada dos Ministérios - Bloco T - Anexo II, sala 424
70.064-900 - Brasília - DF
Telefones: (61) 3429-3225 Fax: (61) 3223-4889
e-mail: comiteorganizador@iiicongressomundial.com
Website: http://www.iiicongressomundial.net

Website: Ecpat


Fribourg (Switzerland) 15 November 2008

Conference “Localizing children's rights”

Argument:
The Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) and the University of Fribourg Switzerland are organising an International Conference aiming at an exchange of ideas and information regarding children's rights. During the meeting researchers, professionals and students working in the children's rights field will discuss the principles that the CRC has set to promote national legal and institutional reforms aiming at advancing the cause of children's rights. Four broad themes will be developed in seven sessions. The conference is addressed to professionals, researchers and students involved in children's rights.

Programme
Registration

Contact
Sarah Bruchez
Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB)
Master of Advanced Studies in Children's Rights
P.O. Box 4176 * CH - 1950 Sion 4
Tel. +41 27 205 73 00
Fax +41 27 205 73 01
E-mail: mcr@iukb.ch
Website: http://www.iukb.ch/mcr


Budapest (Hungary) , 5-7 November

Including Children: a child rights approach to child well-being. Eurochild fifth Annual Conference

Argument

The conference will gather high level representatives from member states and the European Commission, as well as government officials, NGOs and children, to discuss the EU social inclusion process and its impact on national and regional policies to combat child poverty and exclusion.
Thematic workshops will explore implications for member states in 3 policy areas:
1. Early years education & care; 2. Family & parenting support; 3. Education and life-long learning
Eurochild 5th Annual Conference will take up the theme of strategic planning for social inclusion of children and young people, examining the synergy between strategies at EU and national level to promote child well-being from a child rights perspective.

Draft programme: http://www.eurochild.org/en/activities/upcomingevents/index.html

Contact :
Eurochild AISBL
1-2 Avenue des Arts
B - 1210 Bruxelles (St Josse ten Noode)
Telephone:+32 2 511 70 83
Fax:+32 2 511 72 89
E-mail: contact@eurochild.org
Website: http://www.eurochild.org/index.php?id=20&L=0


Lyon (France), 4-6 November 2008

II European Congress on Juvenile Delinquency: From Prevention to the Treatment of Multi-Recidivism: Ways of Success in Europe

Argument:
The II European Congress on Juvenile Delinquency aims to offer a real vision of the situation of youth violence in Europe and north America, and to present the solutions implemented in other European and American democracies, with regards to criminal measures and innovations.
Six broad themes will be developed during three days by 21 professionals speakers. The conference is addressed to all those involved in education, prevention and intervention with children at risk of social exclusion in Europe and also concerns specialists in the fields of prevention and monitoring court judgments.

Draft programme: www.congres-delinquance-mineurs.org/3programme.php?lg=en
Registration: www.congres-delinquance-mineurs.org/4inscription.php?lg=en

Contact:
Karina Gleich
Association Européenne pour le Congrès sur la Délinquance des Mineurs - 20 rue de la Villette, 69328 LYON CEDEX 03
Phone : +33(0)4 26 68 51 54 / +33 (0)6 32 64 90 18
Fax : +33 (0)4 26 68 50 25
E-mail: k.gleich@congres-delinquance-mineurs.org
Website: www.congres-delinquance-mineurs.org


Rotterdam (The Netherlands) , 3-5 November, 2008

Child in the city conference

Argument
The European Network for Child Friendly Cities and the Child in the City Foundation are co-operating on this conference, which focuses on two themes. The conference will discuss the theme of child-friendliness on a small scale: the Child Friendly Communities. The second theme will offer an answer to a question that has been asked several times at the former conferences: when can a city be called a child friendly city, or what are the Points of Reference for Child Friendly Cities. We expect more than 300 representatives of municipalities, researchers and other stakeholders from all over Europe to contribute to the exchanges of practices and knowledge. As in the past, the conference will have a multidisciplinary character, bringing together politicians, urban planners, community workers, youth workers, civil servants and everyone who's involved in making communities more child friendly.

Draft programme: www.childinthecity.com

Contact :
Child in the City Foundation
Mrs. Paulien Hoftijzer
P.O. Box 822
3700 AV ZEIST
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)30 698 1800
Fax: +31 (0)30 691 7394
E-mail: phoftijzer@childinthecity.com
Website: www.childinthecity.com


Berlin (Germany) , from 01/10/2008 to 01/10/2009

European Master in Childhood Studies and Children's Rights

Argument
The courses are oriented to the construction of a productive innovative knowledge base, which will generate information that will be socially useful for children's active and effective participation in societal processes. Children's views and perspectives and their participation, underpin all aspects of the Master Programmes, research projects and the provision of services are important issues. In the courses, children's testimonies and their participation in qualitative research, as well as the study findings from both Master degree teachers and students are utilised.

Draft programme: http://www.europeanchildrensnetwork.org/euronet/resources/infodetail.asp?id=16794

Contact :
European Network of Masters in Children's Rights
c/o Internationale Akademie an der Freien Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Strasse 29
D-14195 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 838 52734
Email: info@enmcr.net
Website: www.enmcr.net


Oslo (Norway) , 29-30 October, 2008

NGO network meeting and open seminar

The Separated Children in Europe Programme was established in 1997 as a response to this situation and seeks to improve the situation of separated children through research, policy analysis and advocacy at the national and regional levels. It is a joint initiative of UNHCR and Save the Children and is based on the complementary mandates and areas of expertise of the two organisations. UNHCR's responsibility is to ensure international protection of refugee children and of those seeking asylum; Save the Children is concerned to see the full realisation of the rights of all children.
On October 29 the NGOs involved in the network of Separated Children in Euroep Programme (SCEP) will have an internal meeting in Oslo and on October 30, in co-operation with Save the Children Norway. The theme of the open seminar will be ‘CRC mainstreaming in the protection and care of separated children in Europe'. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have kindly supported these events financially.
Information:
http://www.enmcr.net/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9&Itemid=46

Contact :
Janne Raanes
Save the Children Norway
Hammersborg Torg 3
Postboks 6902 St. Olavs Plass
N-0130 Oslo
Tel: 47 22 99 08 98
Fax: 47 22 99 08 50
E-mail: janne.ranes@reddbarna.no
Website: http://www.separated-children-europe-programme.org/separated_children/about_us/scep_programme.html


Bucharest (Romania) , 27-30 October 2008

Fifth regional meeting of NGO children's rights coalitions in Europe

Argument
100 representatives of the civil society from 20 European countries, are expected to take part to the event, all involved in the process of making sure that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is well applied. Among the topics to be discussed are: monitoring of the rights of the child, the cooperation between the nongovernmental organizations relating to the children's rights issue, advocacy, mainly the prohibition of the corporal punishments and all humiliating treatments upon children.

Draft Programme: http://www.salvaticopiii.ro/romania_en/index.html

Contact :
Andreea Rusu
Save the Children Romania
tel: +4021 316.61.76
fax: +4021 312.44.86
e-mail: rosc@salvaticopiii.ro.You
Website: http://www.salvaticopiii.ro/romania_en/index.html


Bregenz (Austria) , 23 – 25 October 2008
International Symposium – Childhood and Society- Identity processes in phases of societal change

Argument
The international symposium will look at crises and chances for the identity formation of young people in times of societal change.
The starting point are the core elements of identity: embodiment, bonding and social structure, activity (play/work), education (school), material existence, culture, sense-value-orientation. The identity processes are investigated as forms of mutual recognition and delimitation, with the aim to search for a basic attitude that allows meaningful activity in the interest of children on individual, political and social levels.
The symposium will consist of 20 speakers from 4 continents and 11 disciplines and will be a coming together of great human experiences in order to give children the present and the future.

Programme:
http://www.weltderkinder.at/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=50&Itemid=25
Registration:
http://www.weltderkinder.at/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=130&Itemid=38
Folder:
http://www.weltderkinder.at/cms/images/stories/pdf/symposium/folder_2008.pdf

Contact :
Welt der Kinder, Anton-Schneider Straße 28
A - 6900 Bregenz, T 0043 (0)664 2220131
Email: weltderkinder@vol.at , www.weltderkinder.at


Amsterdam (The Netherlands) , 21 – 24 October 2008

Efcap 10th Anniversary Congress

Argument
EFCAP is the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved professions. Our main aims are to improve the assessment and treatment of children and young people who find themselves in the justice system as well as their families, and to facilitate joint international scientific research and to promote interdisciplinary training and interdisciplinary education.
The meeting comprises of one pre-congress day and three congress days. The pre-congress day will consist of full day and half day courses for a group of maximum 30 people. The congress days contain plenaries, parallel symposia, masterclasses and poster sessions. Each plenary will have a keynote speaker in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology. The parallel symposia will not follow the traditional line (three or four papers followed by two or three questions), but will attempt to raise the value by use of new educational standards. In the masterclasses phd-students will present their work in front of master researchers.

Draft programme: http://www.efcapcongress2008.com/uploads/files/Programma%20EFCAP%20website2.pdf

Contact :
Ron van Veen
Ingrid van de Vegte
PAOG Course and Congress Organisation
VU University Medical Center
E-mail: paog@vumc.nl
Phone: +31 (0)20 4448444
Website: http://www.efcapcongress2008.com/


Valencia (Spain) , 21 – 22 October 2008

III International IJJO Conference "Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: current situation, trends in applicable models and good practices"

Argument
The III International IJJO Conference's goal is for the different professionals and experts in the field of juvenile justice to share experiences and knowledge in order to promote new recommendations at a transnational level to the European Union. These recommendations are aimed at harmonising the applicable juvenile justice systems, the developed intervention measures and the dissemination of good practices in this field, contributing to the social inclusion of all minors and youngsters object of our study. The International Conference will be developed according to the two following axes: Comparative analysis of juvenile justice systems in Europe: current situation and trends in applicable models and Good practices and recommendations applicable on juvenile justice systems.

Draft programme: http://www.oijj.org/plantilla.php?pag=091302
Registration: http://www.oijj.org/plantilla.php?pag=091307

Contact :
International Juvenil Justice Observatory (IJJO)
Belgian Public Utility Foundation
Head Office: Rue Mercelis, nº 50. 1050. Bruxelles. Belgium
Phone: 00 34 923 194 170
Fax: 00 34 923 194 171
Email: valencia2008@oijj.org
Website: http://www.oijj.org/plantilla.php?pag=091302


Budapest (Hungary) , 9–12 October, 2008
9th International Step by Step Association (ISSA)Annual Conference

Argument
The conference aims to the following goals:
To promote the importance of teaching for democracy and of advocating for democratic practices in early childhood education and development from the classroom to the policy level;
To disseminate best practices among professionals and organisations in the field of ECED
To build partnerships for further cooperation in both advocacy and education;
To raise awareness internationally about specific early childhood issues, and to explore these by comparing experiences throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the rest of the world.

Draft programme: http://www.diamond-congress.hu/issa2008/05menu/05index.htm

Contact :
Attila Varga
Diamond Congress Ltd.
Tel: +36 1 225 0210
Fax: +36 1 201 2680
E-mail: diamond@diamond-congress.hu
Website: http://www.diamond-congress.hu/issa2008/25menu/25index.htm


Lisbon (Portugal) , 6-7 October 2008

European Forum on Street Children

Argument
The European Federation for Street Children, in partnership with its Portuguese member organization Instituto de Apoio a Crianca (IAC), will organize this conference aiming to present, in a comparative way, innovative approaches of civil society involvement. The experiences coming from new and "old" EU Member States will help to develop innovative concepts which can be used in a variety of scenarios at the local and regional levels and in particular to contribute to the reflection process on the promotion of active inclusion as recently presented in the EC Communication: "Modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion." (COM(2007) 620 final).
Representatives and decision-makers from Child protection NGOs and welfare associations, local governments, child and youth authorities, EU institutions, social and street workers, experts from research institutes and EFSC member organisations will be present at the conference.

Contact
European Federation for Street Children (EFSC)
34, Square Vergote
B - 1030 Bruxelles
Tel + 32 2 347 78 48
Fax + 32 2 347 79 46
E-mail: info@enscw.org
Website: http://www.efsc-eu.org

Programme


Cardiff, Wales (UK) , 2 October 2008

Eurochild Membership Exchange Seminar on "Child and Youth Participation"

Argument
The seminar will follow the IFCW event and will be looking specifically at how Eurochild members involve the most excluded youngsters in their own work and in policy-making at regional or national level.
The seminar aims to exchange best practice and strengthen the principles of participation in Eurochild. It includes workshops led by children themselves and presentations from Eurochild members.

Draft programme: Programme (file .doc)

Contact :
Eurochild AISBL
1-2 Avenue des Arts
B - 1210 Bruxelles (St Josse ten Noode)
Telephone:+32 2 511 70 83
Fax:+32 2 511 72 89
E-mail: contact@eurochild.org
Website: http://www.eurochild.org/index.php?id=20&L=0


Brussels (Belgium) , 1-3 October 2008
International Conference and Training ''Ending Violence against Children in Juvenile Justice Systems: From Words to Action''

Argument

The aim of DCI's conference is to address the recommendations of the United Nations Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children Study's, in order to end violence against children in institutions – and more specifically, in juvenile justice systems. While the UN Study found violence to be rife across all social settings (home and family, schools, care and justice systems, the workplace and the community), the violence experienced by children in care and justice systems is particularly challenging as it remains hidden from the public eye and affects some of the most disadvantaged groups of children in society. Institutionalised children, (including those in orphanages, prisons, juvenile detention facilities, reform schools) are often subjected to violence from staff and officials responsible for their well being, as well as from other prisoners in the case of police stations and detention centres for example. The UN Study has been crucial in drawing attention to these issues and making recommendations, but there remains an urgent need for concrete follow-up response and action. The objectives of the conference are thus to raise awareness, share best practices and build the capacities of NGOs to lobby their governments to act.

Programme:
http://www.dci-conference.org/english/DisplayConfEN.cfm?DocId=308&CategoryId=4

Regitration:
http://www.dci-conference.org/english/DisplayConfEN.cfm?DocId=313&CategoryId=4

Contact :
Conference Co-ordinator
Defence for Children International - Belgium
Rue Marché aux Poulets 30
Brussels, 1000
Phone : (+32)2 209 61 62
Fax : (+32) 2 209 61 60
Conference@dci-is.org
http://www.dci-conference.org/english/displayconfen.cfm?DocId=305&CategoryId=4

City Hall, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, 29th September - 1st October 2008

Early Intervention and Prevention

Argument
Each year the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) holds an international conference known as the WorldForum, which is co-hosted by one of its member organisations. The 19th WorldForum is being held in Cardiff, Wales and is being co-hosted by Children in Wales. The broad theme of the WorldForum 2008 is ‘Early Intervention and Prevention'.

Contact:
EUROCHILD AISBL
Michelle Deaves (IFCW Conference Administrator)
Children In Wales, 25 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BZ
Tel: +44 (0) 29 20342434, Fax: 029 20 343134
e-mail: worldforum2008@childreninwales.org.uk
Web site:
http://www.worldforum2008.org/index/worldforum-2008
http://www.eurochild.org/index.php?id=20&L=0

Programme and registration: http://www.worldforum2008.org/conferences


Luxemburg, 25 - 26 September 2008

Safer Internet Forum

Argument
The Safer Internet Forum is a European discussion forum for representatives of industry, law enforcement authorities, child welfare organisations and policy makers to exchange experience and knowledge. It provides a platform for national co-regulatory or self-regulatory bodies to discuss ways in which industry can contribute to creating a safer online environment for children and fight against distribution of illegal content, such as child abuse material. Information on the topics of age verification, cross media rating and classification, and online social networking will be also collected through a public consultation, lauched by the European Commission. The purpose of the public consultation is to gather the knowledge and views of all relevant stakeholders (including public bodies, child safety and consumer organisations, industry). The gathered information will be fed into the forum. The consultation will be open until 31 July 2008 ( http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/index_en.htm ).


Programme (file .pdf)

Registration:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/mailing_list_form/index_en.htm

Contact:
European Commission
L-2920 Luxembourg
Directorate-General for Information Society and Media
Unit E-6 Safer Internet and eContent
For the attention of Mr Richard Swetenham
E-mail: saferinternetconsultation@ec.europa.eu
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/contact/index_en.htm
Website:
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/si_forum/index_en.htm


Ghent-Antwerp (Belgium), 8 - 19 September 2008

International Interdisciplinary Course. Children's Rights in a Globalized World: From Principles to Practice

Argument
The International Interdisciplinary Course Children's Rights in a Globalized World: From Principles to Practice wants to make an active contribution to the proliferation and promotion of the CRC and its underlying values and aims at critical refection on children's rights. Co-hosted by Children in Wales (Eurochild member) at the City Hall of Cardiff, Wales/UK. This conference will explore and share knowledge and information on promising practices and innovative approaches to Early Intervention and Prevention. Presentations and Workshops will highlight practical and evidence-based solutions. After a multidisciplinary introduction to children's rights, with a particular focus on the CRC, implementation strategies and methodologies will be explored. Six broad themes will be addressed from a children's rights perspective: education, health, child protection, poverty, child labour and migration.


Draft programme

Contact:

Course secretariat
Ms. Terry Amssoms
Faculty of Law University of Antwerp
Venusstraat 23
B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Terry.amssoms@ua.ac.be
More information:
Ms. Kathy Vlieghe
Children's rights centre
Department of Social Welfare - University of Ghent
H. Dunantlaan 2
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Kathleen.Vlieghe@UGent.be
web site: http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.ICCR


Stockholm, 8-10 September 2008

Building a Europe for and with children – Towards a strategy from 2009-2011

Argument
In the framework of the Swedish chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Council of Europe and the Swedish Government will jointly organise a conference in Stockholm, to be held from 8-10 September 2008 on the theme of “Building a Europe for and with children – Towards a Strategy for 2009-2011”. The conference will gather representatives from governments, international organisations and institutions, NGOs and professional networks, parliamentarians, local authorities, ombudspersons, judges and children's advocates as well as young people. Three technical seminars will be held on the first day followed by high level plenary sessions on days two and three.

Draft programme


Contact:
Council of Europe


Bratislava (Slovakia) , 8-9 September 2008
Impact of Poverty and Social Exclusion on Children's Lives and their Well-being and Childwatch International Regional Network Meeting of Central Eastern European Countries

Argument

The international workshop is a follow-up event of the workshop "Children´s Experiences with Poverty and Social Exclusion - Challenges for Research and Policies", which was held in Vienna in June 2007. Its aim is to strengthen the established platform for theoretical-methodological discussions concerning child poverty and social exclusion of children. The workshop will mainly focus on identifying the ways in which poverty and social exclusion affect children´s lives and their well-being, with particular reference to children´s health. The lives of children and their well-being from different perspectives, including their own perceptions and feelings, will be the focus of discussion. The general framework of the workshop is rooted in child-centred research and part of the agenda of children´s rights

Programme (file .pdf)

Contact
kraenzl-nagl@euro.centre.org
Website: http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1189


Hong Kong, China, 7-10 September 2008

XVII ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect. Towards a Caring and Non-Violent Community: A Child's Perspective

Argument
Children around the world face different forms of maltreatment: some unique to their locations and many more that transcend cultures and nations. ISPCAN congresses provide a unique opportunity for professionals all over the world to meet, discuss their concerns, learn from each other and support each other. Apart from stopping and preventing abuse and neglect, the theme of the XVIIth ISPCAN Congress hopes to stimulate participants to move the world "Towards a caring and non-violent community" emphasizing "a child's perspective" along the way.

Draft programme


Contact:
Congress Secretariat
245 W. Roosevelt Rd, Building 6, Suite 39
West Chicago, IL 60185 USA
Tel:1.630.876.6913
Fax: 1.630.876.6917
Email : congress2008@ispcan.org
Website : www.ispcan.org/congress2008

York, United Kingdom, July 1 2008

Children's Rights and Participation: What Preconditions? What Rights? What Outcomes? What Next?

Argument
Children and young people have been working with the Children's Rights Alliance for England's Get ready for Geneva project to campaign for children's rights in England to be respected and better protected. Through the project, children and young people are being engaged in the United Nations reporting process for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and supported to bring about real and lasting change in their lives, their communities, and in public policy. Get ready for Geneva is led by children and young people, who are fully involved in its design, delivery and evaluation.

Contact : jkp2@york.ac.uk - telephone 01904 434398
Website : http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/spru/news/rights.html

Strasbourg, June 26-27, 2008

Colloque Europeen: ‘International Family Mediation, an asset for Europe'

Argument
The progressive internationalisation of family ties as well as the complexity caused by geographical isolation and legal, linguistic and cultural differences can exacerbate conflicts and disputes when parents live in two different countries. International co-operation plays a key role in efforts to preserve children's ties with both their parents and avoid dramatic cases of international abduction. In collaboration with Rescif, a French association, which provides services and training in family mediation, the Council of Europe has decided to organize an event on this issue, in order to mark the tenth anniversary of Recommendation (98)1 of the Committee of Ministers on family mediation and the recent drawing up of guidelines in this field.
The conference will discuss on the current practices of the partners involved in the process, the role of the children, the skills which family mediators should be learning and the needs to be done to foster the growth of family mediation in Europe.

Programme (file .pdf)

Contact and registration :
Association RESCIF – 160, route du Polygone - 67100 Strasbourg
Tel. : 03 88 25 33 64 Fax : 03 88 25 05 59
Email : contact@rescif.com
Website : http://www.rescif.com/


London, June 26, 2008

Participation Works Training: Building a Culture of Participation

Argument
Participation Works will be delivering a Building a Culture of Participation course.This course aims to equip individuals with basic theory and practical approaches to participation, to help them build a culture of participation.Building a Culture of Participation explores how an organisation's culture can be established to support children and young people's active and meaningful participation across the organisation The course is supported by an in-depth research and handbook, which was originally created by the National Children's Bureau and PK Research Consultancy for the DCSF. It is based on developing skills and knowledge in participation, involving self and organisational analysis as well as action planning. This course may lead on to gaining one to one advice and support from an approved Participation Works consultant.

Draft programme and registration


Contact:
Tel: 0845 603 6725
e-mail: enquiries@participationworks.org.uk
Web site: http://www.participationworks.org.uk


Brussels, June 25, 2008

Policies for Today's Families: Towards a Framework for Assessing Family Policies in the EU

Argument
The purpose of this seminar is to start building a solid platform for mutual learning in the area of family policies. The focus will be on the most relevant comparative data describing the outcomes and policy inputs. This should help build a framework which will allow policy makers in the Member States to assess their own policy mix by reference to that of other countries, thus allowing them to identify scope for improvement and, possibly, find the most effective policy instruments. The seminar is an opportunity to look at work in progress and in particular the joint OECD/Commission project aimed at developing a framework for assessing family policies linked to the OECD's family database. The seminar will also bring together the members of the Commission's Expert Group on Demography Issues and key stakeholder representatives.


Programme and registration: Programme (file .pdf) - Reply form (.doc)

Contact:
Ms Maryse Huet ( maryse.huet@ec.europa.eu - tel.: +32.2.29.96712)
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/


Croatia, June 15, 2008

Raise your hand against smacking! A Council of Europe initiative against corporal punishment of children

Argument
The Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe decided to launch a programme of action to eliminate all forms of violence against children. Corporal punishment is the most widespread form of violence against children, and it is in response to this that the Council of Europe is now launching a Europe-wide initiative calling for its abolition in all settings – schools, penal systems, alternative care structures and the home. This is also concrete follow-up to the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary–General's Study on Violence against Children, which has set 2009 as the target date for achieving universal abolition of corporal punishment.We are basing our actions on three pillars – legal reform, positive parenting and awareness raising – none of which can be neglected if abolition is to be achieved in both law and practice.

Contact:
Building a Europe for and with children
Directorate General of Social Cohesion
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France
e-mail: children@coe.int
Web site: www.coe.int/children
http://www.coe.int/t/transversalprojects/children/News/ZagrenKickoff_en.asp

Strasbourg - France, May 27-29, 2008

Congress session: street children and child in the city

Argument:
Protecting street children: a priority for Europe's towns and cities In the course of its proceedings, the Congress called upon the local and regional authorities and the governments to implement a proper concerted policy to protect street children who are victims of exploitation and violence. Although there are no exact figures for the children affected, the extent of the phenomenon is alarming in European towns. The members of the Congress stressed the need to carry out effective data gathering and to deploy long-term local plans of action. The Congress also welcomed the Programme ''Building a Europe for and with children'' conducted by the Council of Europe, seeking to protect their fundamental rights.

Contact:
Communication Unit of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Tel: Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 49 36; Fax: +33 (0)3 88 41 27 51
Email: congress.com@coe.int
Website: www.coe.int/congress
https://wcd.coe.int

 

 

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