Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk, EGCC, within the Council of the Baltic Sea States

The Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk, EGCC, is a group of senior officials from the ministries responsible for children’s issues in the member countries to the CBSS and the European Commission.

Member countries are: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

The EGCC identifies, supports and implements cooperation on children at risk between countries and organisations in the region. It also examines and reviews areas of concern with regard to children, as identified by its network of National Coordinators and experts. Based on these findings the EGCC adopts programmes and implements actions within areas of concern. Activities and programmes are carried out together with national authorities, agencies and organisations in cooperation with regional and international organisations.

Prioritised areas for the EGCC are:

  • The protection of children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse
  • Ensuring the rights to protection of children in migration and the protection of children that are trafficked
  • Early intervention and prevention as a means to ensuring children’s right to protection from all forms of abuse, violence and neglect
  • The rights of children in institutions and in other forms of out of home care


The County Governor of Hordaland, Norway – Fylkesmannen i Hordaland

The County Governor is the chief representative of King and Government in the county. The most important administrative level in Norway is the municipality or local government. They are responsible for the basic services of society. The County Governor translates central policy documents to the local context, being aware of each municipality’s ability to provide. Experts from the County Governor’s office supervise local activities, advise and instruct – with due respect to the political judgment of the local government. In so doing, the County Governor acts as a guardian of civic rights. The County Governor may look into local decisions regarding the rights of any individual in the fields of health and social care, education, building and planning, and may change the decision to the benefit of the individual. Other important fields of action are environment protection, agriculture, emergency planning and family matters.

Estonian Social Work Association – Eesti Sotsiaaltöö Assotsiatsioon

Estonian Social Work Association, ESWA, was established in 2004 and has more than 300 social work experts as members from all over Estonia. The aim is to make social work in Estonia more professional and to ensure better quality of social services. The organisation is divided into 5 committees and 7 units. The child protection unit, which will be the partner of this project,  aims to safeguard children’s rights based on his/her legitimate rights and develops child friendly social services.

The State Inspectorate For Protection Of Children’s Rights, Latvia – Valsts bērnu tiesību aizsardzības inspekcija

The State Inspectorate for Protection of Children’s Rights supervises and controls compliance with regulatory enactments in the field of protection of the rights of the child. Inspectorate provides methodological help for professionals and persons about child protection issues and adapts new methods monitoring child care institutions. In Latvia state institutions, municipality and non governmental organisations provide child care services which are all supervised by the Inspectorate. 19 inspectors work in Riga and 5 in Latvian regions. There are 50 child care institutions in Latvia for children who are orphans or require alternative care. In accordance with Inspectorate’s competence inspectors perform inspections in children’s out-of-family care institutions, educational institutions, orphan’s courts, prisons, hospitals, nursery schools etc. In one year an average of approximately 400 inspections in institutions are made. The aim is to monitor that the child protection issues are met in the institutions.

Linneaus University, Sweden – Linné Universitetet

Linnaeus University pursues teaching and research in Kalmar and Växjö. Kalmar, with its close proximity to the coast and the Baltic Sea, is noted for its prominent research in the natural sciences.In Växjö, the humanities and social sciences are strong research areas, as well as research connected with the forestry and the wood industry.

With 35,000 students and 2,000 employees, Linnaeus University is one of the larger universities in Sweden. The concept of close connections is a guiding principle in our work. At Linnaeus University there is an active student life, with close relations between students, researchers and other members of staff.

Like Linnaeus, our roots are in the Småland region of southern Sweden. In the true spirit of Linnaeus, we see no limitations in the wide-ranging scope of our work. The university profiles in Kalmar and Växjö are truly international, with major opportunities for participation in both regional and worldwide networks.

The Government Agency for Child Protection, Iceland – Barnaverndarstofa

The Government Agency for Child Protection coordinates and enhances child protection work at the local level and nationally. a) to provide counselling and support to the local Child Protection Services with regard to family welfare and the management of child protection cases; b) to monitor the work of the local Child Protection Services, e.g. by collecting and analyzing annual reports of the local CPA and by other means to be determined; c) to provide specialised services that the local Child Protection Services may require to ensure that children’s needs are accommodated for; d) to supervise and monitor institutions and treatment facilities operated or supported by the government for children and youth, including a gate-keeping role with regard to out-of-home placement; e) to assume the responsibility for recruiting and training f) to support research and development work in the area of child protection; g) to provide education, training and instructions concerning child protection.