On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), launch a handbook on European law relating to rights of the child.
On 13 November, FRA presented the findings of its children and justice report to members of two working groups responsible for drafting laws, one of which is looking at juvenile justice and the other at the transposition of the EU’s Victims’ Directive.
Around 1 in 8 women have experienced sexual violence before they were 15, according to FRA research. Such widespread abuse points to the urgent need to renew efforts to tackle this pervasive problem, as the first-ever European day against child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation on 18 November helps remind us.
Members of the Finnish parliamentary Constitutional Law Committee visited FRA to hear about the Agency’s work related to the fundamental rights challenges in the EU in general and in Finland in particular.
Of the several hundreds of thousands of people trafficked in the EU, one in six are children. Existing guardianship rules for such children, who are often without parental care, frequently leads to inadequate support and protection, finds the latest report from FRA.
FRA, together with representatives from Member States, the UN’s Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration and the International Committee of the Red Cross gathered in Malta from 21 to 22 September to provide feedback and to discuss EASO’s practical guide on family tracing.
Data on national child protection systems in 28 EU Member States has now also been made available online in French and German. FRA carried out the mapping to understand how the systems work, and to identify common challenges and promising practices in all Member States.