The EU project "European Cross-Actors Exchange Platform for Trafficked Children on Methodology Building for Prevention and Sustainable Inclusion - Catch & Sustain" came to its end and led, as the main result, to the creation of an Anti-trafficking intervention programme targeted to vulnerable children.
This EU-transferable toolkit is an innovative and highly useful practice-oriented manual in particular for social workers and othe operators who are involved in the prevention and protection of vulnerable children against trafficking in their daily work.
It contains 3 training modules for operators working directly with vulnerable children aiming at improving their capacities on identification, empowerment and data collection. A training module is directly targeted to empower children themselves in order to increase their knowledge and avoid at-risk situations for them. The toolkit includes practical annexes to be used during the training modules as well as a summary of the relevant international and European legislation on child trafficking.
The European Federation for Street Children (EFSC) organized in collaboration with its project partners, the final conference of its two-year EU project titled CATCH & SUSTAIN (“European Cross-Actors Exchange Platform for Trafficked Children on Methodology Building for Prevention and Sustainable Inclusion”) carried out from 2013 to 2015 under the EU-programme ISEC, on 26th of March 2015 at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Brussels.
The Final Conference gathered more than 50 participants, including MEPs, Representatives from European and national child rights NGOs, regional and local authorities, Member States representations to the EU, experts, media and the CATCH & SUSTAIN project partners.
The event has been the opportunity to give an insight into the different phases of the project and to disseminate its results, as well as to present its main output: an EU-wide transferable intervention programme to better prevent and protect children at risk against trafficking.
A round table was organised on the theme: “The protection and prevention of vulnerable children against trafficking as a challenge to the EU and the Member States: Child participative and multi-professional intervention methods between EU policy concepts and local constraints” It gathered representatives of child rights NGOs from the EU and national levels, the MEP Mrs. Mary Honeyball, researchers and representatives from national institutions. The round table came to a number of results and requirements towards the EU and national level policy.
EFSC gives input to the Council of Europe`s new report on “Access to school and education for all children”
The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) will develop a report under the direction of Mr. Gvozden Srećko FLEGO on the “Access to school and education for all children”.
On request by the Council EFSC gave input to this report through an up-dated recommendation paper with a special focus on street children`s access to school and education. This position paper is based on a study report developed by EFSC for the CoE in 2008 on need-oriented best practice to re-integrate street children at the municipality level in 4 EU Member States (RO, IT, F, UK).
Based on the analysis that street children have a very low school attendance while education is a crucial means of socialisation and that there is a clear lack of material resources, qualified personnel and innovative methods to assist street children and to meet their educational needs, a series of key recommendations has been developed in order to improve the situation in European countries in a sustainable way.
The recommendations are addressed to the local, regional, national and European authorities.
For more details see the position paper.
Roundtable Discussion: Championing Children’s Rights in the European Parliament Wednesday 24 September 2014
BUFFET LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION 13.30 – 15.00
ROOM ASP 6 D 128 (access through the European Parliament Library ASP building, section D, 5th floor)
The new European Parliament must have the institutional capacity to stand up for the interests of children in every aspect of its work. We call on MEPs to ensure the rights of all children around the world are respected and fulfilled. All 28 EU Member States have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; the Lisbon Treaty makes the promotion of children’s rights an explicit objective of EU internal and external affairs and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights requires that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration in all EU actions.
The Child Rights Action Group, bringing together international and European organisations promoting children’s rights both in the EU and in its external action, invite you to debate how you can translate your commitment into concrete results for children.
The European Federation for Street Children (EFSC) is a non for profit organization established in 1994, with the legal status of an `Association Sans But Lucratif´ (ASBL) in Luxembourg.