The Children at Risk Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (CBSS) aims to create safe and secure environment for children in the Baltic Sea Region by promoting cooperation on child rights and protection issues. The work is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international and regional conventions, recommendations and guidelines.
The Children at Risk Unit implements decisions made by the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (CAR) and initiates projects and cooperation on child rights and protection issues in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. The member states are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The Ministries responsible for children’s issues appoint senior officials to the Expert Group from the government ministries and agencies. The European Commission, as a member to the Council of the Baltic Sea States, may also appoint a member to the group.
The work of the Children at Risk Unit is based on the Expert Group mandate and priorities and CBSS long-term priorities. The Children’s Unit within the CBSS is under the priority area Safe and Secure Region. The objective is to promote comprehensive and sustainable child protection to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children. This is best achieved through a multi-sectorial approach and increased cooperation among relevant authorities and other stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region.
As outlined in the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk Mandate July 2017-2020, the Expert Group will support the member states in bolstering their child protection and welfare systems, notably in the following priorities:
- Prevention, early intervention, parenting and family support
- Child-friendly justice
- The wellbeing and best interests of children in alternative care
- Protecting children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation
- Preventing trafficking and exploitation of children
- The best interests of children in migration
Click here for annual reports on the activities of the Children’s Unit and the Expert Group.
The Expert Group and the CAR Unit at the CBSS Secretariat are fully committed to keeping children we come in contact with through our work protected and safeguarded from actions that place them at risk of violence, abuse, exploitation, injury and any other harm.
About the Council of the Baltic Sea States
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) is an overall political forum for regional inter-governmental cooperation. The Members of the Council are the eleven states of the Baltic Sea Region: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden, as well as the European Union. The CBSS aims to facilitate and enhance cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region through network and project-based activities, and provides a platform for governments, organisations, communities, and people to strengthen partnerships and seek out new ones. The Council consists of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs from each Member State and a representative from the European Union External Action Service. The Presidency of the Council rotates among the Member States on an annual basis.
The highest decision making body of the CBSS is the Baltic Sea States Summit where the Heads of States agree on the goals and long-term priorities of the regional inter-governmental organization.
The Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the CBSS is the decision making body for the CBSS between the biennial Baltic Sea States Summits. The CSO consists of representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the 11 CBSS Member States plus the European Commission, It approves the mandate and priorities for the Children’s Unit as developed and agreed on by the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk.
Olivia Lind Haldorsson
Head of the Children’s Unit
Council of Baltic Sea States Secretariat
+46 73 056 45 92
CBSS – P.O. Box 2010 103 11 Stockholm Sweden