The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Council of the Baltic Sea States will in 2015-2016 implement a joint project on the prevention of exploitation and trafficking of children in the Baltic Sea Region. The project promotes a child right´s perspective based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child concerning children in migration situations at risk of exploitation and trafficking.

The project aims at increasing the capacity of professionals responsible for handling transnational child protection cases in order to enhance children’s rights to be heard, be safe and sound and feel supported and to prevent exploitation and trafficking.

The project will seek to do this by training and building a network of professionals involved in decision making, case management, service delivery and awareness raising from the Nordic Countries, the Baltic States, and North-West Russia. With the support of experts from the Region, a series of 2-day trainings will inform law enforcement officials, child welfare officials, NGOs, and child rights advocates in the Baltic Sea Region on how to recognize, protect and eliminate the risk of exploitation and trafficking for children on the move.

The training sessions will be based on a set of Guidelines developed as part of the earlier Council of the Baltic Sea States’ project Child exploitation: Cross-national child protection in practice – ‘PROTECT Children on the Move’. The Guidelines are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and give advice on how practitioners can work across both cross-sectoral and cross-national lines with the child’s human rights and best interests perspective as a common baseline.

The project launched in September 2015 in Copenhagen, where a group of experts met to define the way forward both in content and practicalities. For more information about the upcoming trainings and how to take part, please contact the Children’s Unit.

You can read about the project and the Programme it is funded through at the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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