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According to 2010 Eurostat data around 1 in 4 children in the EU are affected by poverty or social exclusion. Two years on, as times get harder, while the situation risks getting worse, FRA remains committed to protecting and promoting child rights.  

In many Member States children and the systems that protect them are also being hit by the economic crisis. We risk seeing protection being eroded in areas ranging from child support in cases of violence, to help in legal proceedings,” said FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, when marking the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November. “We cannot let this happen. We should ensure children benefit from a well-functioning and effective system. For this we need to engage with children to listen to their concerns and what they need, especially those in trouble, living in poverty or faced with social exclusion. Only then can we create the policies and practices that will truly address their needs.

FRA will engage directly with children in its current project on children and justice. This project will help guide EU bodies and Member States develop child-friendly justice procedures.