There are many shortcomings and deficiencies in the care provided to separated, asylum-seeking children in the European Union. These are the findings of the FRA summary report on ‘Separated, asylum-seeking children in European Union Member States' issued today.
The Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) celebrate today the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention has gone a long way to improving the protection of children, who are particularly vulnerable and therefore deserve special protection by all actors.Twenty years on, there is still a need for continued and concerted governmental action, as well as action by International Organisations and civil society to ensure the respect, protection, and promotion of the rights of the child.
This year's Annual Dialogue was a joint Committee of the Regions (CoR) and FRA conference on the Rights of the Child, and took place on 13 November in Brussels. Co-chaired by Jacques Barrot and Luc Van Den Brande, the event brought together both institutional and association representatives, local and regional politicians, practitioners and representatives from civil society, academia and international institutions such as Unicef. The conference aimed to exchange evidence of good practices from concrete projects carried out at local and regional level, promote benchmarking and foster debate on developing policy orientations in this field.
"Today is international children's day. Children are particularly vulnerable, and that is why they deserve our special attention, and special protection. We must protect them by law and by all other possible means, to enable them to develop freely and happily", said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum on 20 November.