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Council of Europe discusses COVID-19 impact on child rights

On 26 June, FRA joined the first exchange of views of the Council of Europe’s Child Rights Steering Committee.

It was an opportunity to take stock, from a child rights perspective, of lessons learnt to date from the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Member States.

Committee members and observers shared their perspectives on the disruptive impact of the coronavirus on children’s lives, their wellbeing and their rights. FRA referred to its own bulletins on the fundamental rights implications of COVID-19 and relevant country studies.

Participants also discussed how to ensure that child protection systems remain operational and effective in such situations.