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The handbook is the first comprehensive guide to European law in the area of child rights, taking into account both the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The handbook is designed to assist lawyers, judges, prosecutors, social workers, non-governmental organisations and other bodies confronted with legal issues relating to the rights of the child. It covers issues such as equality, personal identity, family life, alternative care and adoption, migration and asylum, child protection against violence and exploitation, as well as children’s rights within criminal justice and alternative proceedings. It provides information on: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, relevant Regulations and Directives; the European Social Charter (ESC); decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights; other Council of Europe instruments; as well as on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments. The handbook will be initially published in English and French. Publication of the handbook in other EU official languages is planned for 2016.