The Agency took part in the regional experts’ consultation on the Joint General Comment on the Human Rights of children in the context of international migration, developed by the Children Rights Committee and the Committee on Migrant Workers.
The Agency presented findings from its research into child-friendly justice to the EU Council’s Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens' Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP) on 3 May in Brussels.
Children and experts underlined the need to give children the chance of being agents of change during an event at the Agency on 28 April on improving child participation. They spoke of the importance of mainstreaming child participation across policies to ensure the views of children are captured in all matters that affect them. The children underlined why change is needed when they recounted their experiences of being scared, frustrated, ignored or belittled in judicial proceedings.
The Agency took part in the 2017 Convention for inclusive growth where the need for cooperation between policy areas to mainstream child rights was highlighted.
The Agency took part in a high-level meeting on Europe’s challenge to ensure a rights perspective for children in migration held at the Swedish Parliament on 24 April.
The Agency took part in the Alliance against Trafficking in Human Beings conference in Vienna on 4 April.
The Agency joined a study visit from 13 to 16 March to Bremen organised by the European Asylum Support Office for a delegation from Cyprus.
The Agency took part in the first meeting of the Council of Europe’s drafting group responsible for developing standards on age assessment and guardianship for children in the context of migration.
The proposal to revise the rules governing the EU’s large-scale biometrics database, Eurodac, may jeopardise or enhance the rights of migrant children, suggests the latest Opinion from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). It examines the impact on children and suggests greater emphasis on child protection. It reveals how this particularly vulnerable group needs stronger child protection safeguards to ensure they are not coerced to give fingerprints, they understand what is happening to them and their right to asylum is not affected.
The Agency gave a presentation on the contribution of European standards to implementing the UN’s Child Rights Convention during a conference on the promotion of children’s rights and professional training, organised by Centro de Estudos para Intervenção Social (CESIS).