This area is dedicated to providing information about the most important events regarding childhood and related issues taking place in Europe. You'll find information about seminars, conferences, training sessions and other similar events.

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"Restorative Justice and Crime Prevention: Places, Actors and Policies"

Final International Conference

Nisida, Naples (Italy), March 25th - 26th, 2010

Restorative justice and crime prevention, as concepts and as concrete policies and practices, have both become increasingly common in recent years. The interconnection between the two, however, is less certain especially in regards to primary and secondary prevention. This two-day conference focuses on the crime prevention potential of restorative (justice) practices and processes, looking at the places in which restoration may occur, the parties involved and the policies that guide the practices.  In terms of prevention, the conference focuses on secondary forms of prevention that may take place in schools or other non-criminal justice settings, the goal of which is to explore the places or contexts in which restorative justice (loosely defined) may take place. The second aspect looks at the participants-at which actors and parties are and should be involved in mediation or conferencing. The third aspect addresses existing and potential policies regarding restorative justice and crime prevention.

The conference is part of the "Restorative Justice and Crime Prevention" project, funded by the European Commission (DG Freedom, Security and Justice) and coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Justice (Department of Juvenile Justice), in partnership with the European Forum for Restorative Justice and the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research.

Further information and Registration (by 15 March 2010):   Fax  +39 081.6192271

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2010 Biennial Conference "Education to combat social exclusion"

Florence (Italy), 20-22 May 2010

The European Economic and Social committee in collaboration with Regione Toscana and Istituto degli Innocenti is organizing the 2010 Biennial Conference on "Education to combat social exclusion." The three-day conference in Florence will bring together Italian and European personalities, as well as many civil society organisations, in order to debate the links between education and social exclusion. The results of the debates will be used concretely to feed the EU institutions' work in responding to the European citizens' expectations in this domain.

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Dublin (Ireland), 30 June - 3 July 2010
New Migrations, New Challenges

This conference, organized by the Trinity Immigration Initiative, a novel interdisciplinary research programme located in Ireland, aims to debate the global and national implications of these new migration flows for sending and receiving countries and for migrants themselves. In particular the lessons which can be learnt from countries with longer immigration experience will be explored. The conference includes a stream on Children, Youth and Immigration.

Programme and Information

Call for papers (pdf)


Changing Families in a Changing World

Edinburgh (Scotland,UK), 16-18 june 2010

The Conference organized by The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland,United Kingdom (16-18 June 2010).
We live in times of enormous change on personal and global levels. Families are more diverse and more likely to change, with divorce, separation, stepfamilies, international adoption, increased life expectancy in some parts of the world and decreased in others, and a growing divide between rich and poor at local and global levels all becoming more prevalent. At the same time global recession, uncertainty about the impact of environmental degradation and increase religious and civil unrest provide a changing backdrop against which families live their lives.
CRFR's international conference will address these issues and invites paper and workshop proposals.
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Karlstad (Sweden), From 14 to 18 June 2010
World Summit on Media for Children and Youth 2010

The Conference is organized by International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media and will be attended by delegates from 100 countries. It aims to help prepare children and young people for a new media world. The Summit offers opportunities for networking and participating in debates and workshops. In particular, its objectives are:

  • Support teachers to participate in the world of media and information.
  • Give decision-makers access to research findings.
  • Provide the media industry with better knowledge of modern research which can be used in developing production and distribution.
  • Give decision-makers insight into the media industry and the requirements for producing and distributing high-quality content for children and young people.
  • Improve the status and availability of media education.
  • Increase children and young people's involvement in, and influence on, media content.
  • Help children and young people make demands that will lead to better teaching about, and involvement in, the media.
  • Create and develop dialogue between those involved in media production and content creation, media education, media research and policy-making.

Contact details and further information:
Goteborg University
PO Box 713
Goteborg SE 405 30
Tel: + 46 31 773 49 53

Aflatoun“ChildFinance” expert meeting

Zandvoort (Netherlands), June 7-9 2010

Aflatoun is organising the first ever “ChildFinance” expert meeting on June 7-9, 2010 in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. The main objective of the meeting is to develop a field of children’s finance, by bringing together experts from academia, government, central and commercial banks, education and children’s rights INGOs, share good practice and create a shared action plan for steps forward.

Contact details and further information:
Sarphatistraat 7 | PO Box 15991 | 1001 NL Amsterdam
ph: +31 20 626 20 25 | fx: +31 20 626 21 18

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Third International Conference: Childhood and youth in Transition

Sheffield (UK), 6-8 july 2010

The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth at the University of Sheffield is organizing its 3rd International Conference. It will take place in Sheffield, on july 6-8, 2010.
In the context of global social, political and economic changes the conference will explore the ways in which these broad shifts are having an impact on ideas of childhood and youth and on children's and young people's everyday lives.
Included Themes:

  • UNCRC and its aftermath - in relation to changes in law, policy and governance.
  • Children and young people's changing citizenship.
  • Technological change, new media and consumption.
  • Environmental change and children's futures.
  • Economic recession and child proverty.
  • Transitions in the life course for children and young people in relation to school and work.
  • Health, well-being and the body.

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"Ensuring quality: the path for early years in Europe & the role of community-based services"

Tallinn (Estonia), end of September 2010

The Members' Exchange Seminar( MES) will take place in Tallinn end of September 2010 (presumably on September 27 ,2010).The date is not yet confirmed.
MES are held annually to facilitate debate and exchange knowledge and experience on specific aspects of child poverty and social exclusion. They feed into Eurochild’s Thematic Working Groups, set up to strengthen Eurochild’s position as a repository of expertise on effective,evidence-based approaches to tackling child poverty and social exclusion. This seminar takes place in the context of Eurochild’s Thematic Working Group on Early Years Education and Care.
Contact details and further information:
Eurochild - Avenue des Arts 1-2 B - 1210 Bruxelles
Ph:+32 (0)2 511 70 83


Honolulu, Hawaii (US) - 26 to 29 September 2010

18th ISPCAN (International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect ) International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect

Theme: One World, One Family, Many Cultures: Strengthening Children and Families Affected by Personal, Intra-Familial and Global Conflict
The theme "One World, One Family, Many Cultures," recognizes that in spite of our differences we live in one world that is a global family made up of many cultures that can work together towards a common goal of strengthening families, and preventing abuse and neglect of our children. The world faces many challenges with unfortunate conflicts among nations and tragic effects of armed conflict on our families, children and communities. The increase in violence among family members and its painful effects on our children have also challenged us to find ways to strengthen families and prevent family violence. Knowing the value of diversity in our efforts to prevent harm to our children, we invite the nations of the world to share their cultural experiences, values, and traditions and to empower the youth of our nations to work together to create a better world for our most precious resource, our children.
Call for abstracts
The brochure is available at
and additional Congress information is currently available on the Congress website: .

Online abstract submission:
Deadline: 15 January 2010 .
For additional information about the congress, please contact the Congress Secretariat at:

For more information, contact:
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
245 W. Roosevelt Road, Building 6, Suite 39, West Chicago, Illinois 60185
Tel: + 1 630 876 6913; Fax: + 1 630 876 6917


Birmingham (UK), 6 - 8 September 2010
20th EECERA Conference: Knowledge and Voice in Early Childhood: who knows, who speaks, who listens?

The meeting is the 20th annual conference organised by the EECERA "European Early Childhood Education Research Association" in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC).
The conference will explore the theme of democratic commitment to work in the development of early childhood research, practice and policy, through three perspectives.
One refers to 'Who Knows' and wants to analyse how knowledge in early childhood is constructed, who controls the dominant discourse and who has voice in its generation and applications.
The second perspective is titled 'Who Speaks: Exploring Innovative Paradigms & Methodologies', and focuses on new paradigms and methodologies which are emerging in early childhood research and practice. In particular, participatory paradigms which aim to actively include the voices of children, parents and practitioners are to be explored.
Finally, the third point of view is related to 'Who Listens: Knowledge & Voice in Action', and explores how knowledge is generated through listening more actively to alternative voices, particularly from children, parents and practitioners, and how this knowledge is being used to shape research, practice and policy.

Programme and Information:

Call for proposals


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5-7 October 2010, Barcelona (Spain)
International Conference on Children on the Move

The Global Movement for Children, with support from the Catalan Government, is convening an international conference as a first step in the process of re-examining policy and programmatic responses to the protection and support of children on the move.

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8 October 2010, Scotland, Edinburgh - UK
Children in Scotland
Children's Rights: spice them up

This one-day special guest workshop for practitioners aims to give to participants a toolbox of training methods to use with children and young people to raise awareness of their rights.

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20-22 October 2010, Florence, Italy - Istituto degli Innocenti - SS. Annunziata, 12
6th Regional Meeting of NGOs Children’s Rights Coalitions in Europe

These three days will offer special guests and discussion on NGOs children’s rights current challenges in Europe. After an introduction chaired by Institutions’ and Organizations’ representatives the Meeting will open with a Panel discussion by experts from CRC Committee and UN Representatives towards key child rights challenges in Europe today, moderated by Nigel Cantwell.
The Meeting is organized in three main sessions, dealing with Network Governance, monitoring of the CRC from an NGO perspective and furthering Children Rights networking, that will start with a plenary introduction followed by three specific workshops that will report back at the end of the session.
Finally, on Friday there will be a concluding plenary session focusing how to implement Children Rights at European Level.

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27-29 October 2010, Florence (Italy)
Child in the city international conference

The 5th Child in the City Conference will further build on the ideas of the former events by addressing the themes of: good practices in fighting poverty of children in Northern countries; 'assessment tools' developed by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, in partnership with Childwatch International, in order to evaluate the degree of 'child friendliness' of cities and communities; 'participation' as promotion of the citizenship of children and youngsters; 'right to play' as right to be a child, with regards to the availability of space and also time.

Programme and brochure

Call for papers


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29 - 30 November, Complesso Monumentale di San Michele a Ripa Grande, Via di San Michele 22, Rome
Council of Europe Campaign to stop Sexual Violence against Children
Stopping sexual violence

The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse came into force on 1st July. This instrument tackles all forms of sexual violence against children, including abuse perpetrated within the family environment. The Convention also deals with grooming and sex tourism. In the light of this new Convention, the Council of Europe wants to encourage ratification and implementation in the UE Countries, but also to arise public awareness and empower children to break the silence and to find ways to prevent and report sexual abuse of children.

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25 - 26 November 2010, London
European Forum on Street Children 2010
Youth Rebellions in European Metropolis - Second and third generation migrant children and adolescents in search of their place in the society: challenges to national and EU policies under the new Lisbon Treaty.

The conference aims at investigating the long-term social impacts of migration and of the situation of ethnic minorities analyzing the risk factors for second and third generation migrant children and youth to experience poverty and social exclusion. On the occasion of the European Year 2010 to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, EFSC’s European Forum on Street Children will focus on raising awareness also on the relatively less investigated issue of these children’s social exclusion.
At a policy level, the conference will aim at contributing to the discussion on the post- 2010 Lisbon Agenda, by reminding that the assumption that growth and jobs will “trickle down” to contribute to a better social cohesion should not be considered as sufficient for realizing a “Social Europe”.
The Seminar is addressed to Representatives from EFSC member organizations, Representatives from national governments, EU institutions, NGOs, welfare associations, universities, national, regional and local authorities.

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19-20 November 2010, Rotterdam
First Conference organized by IDEA (International Debate Education Association) in cooperation with the Open Society Foundations (Youth Initiative Program:
Together in Europe - Addressing the needs of marginalized youth

The Objectives of the first Conference organized by IDEA and its partners is to provide opportunities for participants (educators, teachers, academics, youth and social workers, representatives of Non-governmental Organizations, youth Organizations, representatives of Local Governments particularly from departments addressing the problems of youth). to share projects and best practices in addressing the problems of marginalized, migrant and minority youth.
The 2 days conference will feature presentations, show casing of programs, projects and best practices, workshops and short training sessions in selected methodologies, plenary sessions and roundtables

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19 November
World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children

The Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) has launched its 2010 campaign to make the prevention of child abuse a global priority. The campaign will mark the 10th Anniversary of the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse on 19 November 2010.The campaign aims to raise awareness against child abuse and highlight the urgent need for effective prevention programmes.

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17-20 November, Florence
13th International Conference of the International Association of Training and Research on Family Education (Aifref)
Family Education and Childcare services

The 13th AIFREF Conference intends to explore the link between family education and childcare services, analyzing the results of the research work carried out on the issues of the Conference. The idea is to create a forum where researchers, educators and professionals working with families can meet in different contexts. The event promotes an exchange of views on children, families and towns, which opportunities and services the Public Administration offers to children and their parents, how it works to protect their rights, and how it transforms public areas to make them safer and easier to live in. The International Conference is a forum for the promotion of childhood culture.

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4th IJJO international Conference
"Building integrative juvenile justice systems: Approaches and methodologies regarding mental disorders and drugs misuse"

Rome (Italy), 9-10 november 2010

The Fourth IJJO International Conference takes as its central theme the study of the treatment of minors who are in conflict with the law and who suffer from mental disorders or some kind of addiction to drugs or toxic substances. In this context,the European Commission has supported the IJJO in analysis together with European Institutions and organizations that share its interest over the situation of young offenders with mental difficulties in Europe. The objectives is to promote specialized training for the involved professionals in the European context.

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Eurochild's 7th annual conference 2010
Building Effective Partnership's to end child poverty

Örebro Castle, Sweden, 3-5th November 2010

2010 is the European year against poverty and social exclusion and Eurochild, in the occasion of its 7th Annual Conference, will focus the issue so to understand which could be the best strategies to end the problem of child poverty. Ending child poverty is the most effective means of achieving and this conference has three objectives: 1. In the framework of EY2010 against poverty and social exclusion, the importances of EU efforts in helping member states and bring suggestions of how this effort can be reinforced in the future.2. Demonstrate that investment in children and families must always be a political priority.3. This includes demonstrating cooperation between NGOs, local/regional authorities and other service providers; the role of researchers; and the benefits of direct involvement of children and families working together to end child poverty. The conference is co-hosted by the Regional Development Council of Írebro, member of Eurochild. or more information:

Contact details and further information:
Eurochild - Avenue des Arts 1-2 B - 1210 Bruxelles.
Ph+32 (0)2 511 70 83

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Working for Inclusion in Europe (FRC) 2010
How early childhood education and care (ECEC) and its workforce can help Europe’s youngest citizens

European Parliament, Brussels, 09th December 2010 (10:00/15:30)

An interactive seminar exploring how we can do more for Europe's youngest citizens and a cross-European dialogue about improving their outcomes.
Taking a European wide perspective on the early years workforce, and its role in fostering social inclusion, a roster of high profile speakers will lead discussion on the intergration of early years workforce, together with programme partners: Aldo Fortunati, La Bottega di Geppetto, Italy; Teresa Ogrodinska, Comenius Foundation for Child Development, Poland; Wenche Rønning, Nordland Research Institute, Norway and Bronwen Cohen, Children in Scotland, Scotland and Programme Director, Working for Inclusion.

Deadline for registration (26 November 2010) :
For more information ( contact Sandra Mitchell) :



2010 International Training Institute
Establish or Enhance a local Youth Court / Teen Court Juvenile Justice Diversion Program

Las Vegas, Nevada – U.S.A, 7th-9th December

This 2010 International Training is designed for those who are interested in establishing or enhancing local Youth Justice/Juvenile Justice diversion program often referred to as youth court, teen court, peer court, student court and youth peer panel.
Topics to be covered include training adult and youth volunteers, offering quality community service programs, mock family intake meetings, implementing operational and administrative procedures, identifying funding and resources opportunities, legal and liability issues, partnerships with MOU’s, program evaluation/satisfaction, juvenile referral sources, implementation/enhancement of programmatic elements (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly) and other operational and administrative aspects.
New staff working full-time or part-time in an existing local youth court or teen court program is eligible and encouraged to participate

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Fundamental Rights Conference 2010ndamental Rights Conference (FRC) 2010Fundamental Rights Conference (FRC) 2010
Ensuring justice and protection for all children

The Flagey, Brussels - 07-08th December 2010

The F.R.A - Fundamental Rights Agency - third annual Fundamental Rights Conference (FRC) 2010 is organized in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference will seek to explore avenues for State authorities to protect vulnerable children against violations of their rights.
Objectives of the FRC 2010 are to develop practical proposals to address challenges faced by particularly vulnerable children in the EU; to share ‘good practices’ on child-friendly approaches applied by State authorities; to strength the impact of policies and strategies related to the rights of the child in the EU.

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07 - 08 December 2010, Strasbourg
Academy of European Law – European Court of Human Rights (E.C.H.R.)
Recent jurisprudence of the European Court Of Human Rights in the area of Criminal Law

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has built up an enormous body of case-law with relevance for legal practitioners in the field of criminal law. This seminar will look at the development of recent jurisprudence (in particular the years 2008-2010) in the following areas: obligations to conduct an effective investigation of serious crimes and the right to life (Art. 2 ECHR); obligations on police and penitentiary authorities regarding persons in custody; lawfulness of arrests and deprivation of liberty (Art. 5); fairness of a hearing and equality of arms (Art. 6 § 1); rights of defence and assistance to be provided to the accused (Art. 6 § 3).
This seminar is relevant for all legal professionals working in the field of criminal law: prosecutors, judges, defence lawyers and senior police officers and will include a visit to a hearing before the Grand Chamber of the European Court.

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