Each year hundreds of thousands of children across the EU are involved in legal proceedings. Justice systems need to do more to cater to the needs of these children, finds the latest report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Making justice more child-friendly is in the best interests of the child, improves child protection and their meaningful participation in judicial proceedings.
One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an adult in their childhood, according to the results of FRA’s survey on violence against women published last March. This translates to roughly 61 million women in the EU. Such levels of abuse underline the need for the EU to renew their efforts to address the widespread and under-reported abuse that girls are exposed to.
FRA has made available some data from its mapping of national child protection systems in the 28 EU Member States. The aim of the mapping is to understand how national child protection systems work, and to identify common challenges and promising practices.
As part of FRA’s drive to further engage with Member States and to tackle violence against women, FRA presented the results of its survey on gender-based violence to the German Bundestag’s Committee on Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth on 4 February.
On 1 December, the FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, exchanged views with the members of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament. The discussions revolved around the projects and activities of FRA, and sought to contribute to the fundamental rights dimension of the work carried out by the EMPL Committee.