The Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at risk, EGCC, has with funding from the Swedish Institute, Baltic Sea Unit, and the Norwegian ministry for children, equality and social inclusion implemented a pilot project exploring challenges for prosecution, police, social welfare services and child protection when a child is suspected to be exploited through begging or in criminality.

The pilot project ended with a roundtable meeting at which some 60 experts from the region and from other parts of Europe looked at how best to ensure protection while prosecuting perpetrators.

Agenda and presentations 

Welcome address: H.E. Donatas Jankauskas, Minister of Social Security and Labour

Overview of the roundtable. Mr Lars Lööf, Head of Children’s Unit, Council of the Baltic Sea States, Secretariat. [PDF]

Protection of children exploited in begging and in criminality – challenges for social workers. Ms Charlotta Thorelius, Stockholm Emergency Child Protection Services. [PDF]

Investigating trafficking crimes. Police work identifying perpetrators. Mr Magne Stenkløv, Østfold Police District, Norway. [PDF]

Prosecuting trafficking crimes. You cannot see it before you believe it. Mr Rudolf Christoffersen, State Prosecutor, Bergen, Norway. [PDF]

Empowering the child – Applying the UN CRC in cases of child trafficking. The NGO perspective. Ms Gabriela Kühn, Nobody’s Children Foundation, Poland and Ms Ms Dorota Przygucka, La Strada Foundation, Poland [PDF]

Summing up of challenging issues in the four countries. Ms Daja Wenke, Child Rights Consultant, Italy. [PDF]

UK experiences regarding the fight against child exploitation in begging and in criminality. Ms Klara Skrivankova, Anti-Slavery International, UK[PDF]

Children Exploited Through Begging in Europe: What Do We Know? Ms Claire Healy, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Austria [PDF]

Building a central resource for cross-border child protection cases. Ms Odeta Tarvydiene, State Child Protection and Adoption Service, Lithuania [PDF]

Trafficking in my back-yard? What do child protection professionals know about trafficking? Line Vollebaek, Norway [PDF]

Summing up of day 1 and introduction of themes for discussion. Mr Lars Lööf 

Protection of children exploited in begging and in criminality. Introduction by Ms Kristina Misiniene, Caritas, Lithuania. Gaps, challenges, good practices.

Do we see the criminal young person? Can we identify the victim of a crime? Is it necessary to be aware of both? Introduction by Mr Børge Njå, Oslo local council, St Hanshaugen, Norway. Identifying practices across the region.

Is legislation useful and how can it be adapted to the changing face of child trafficking? Introduction by Ms Małgorzata Kozłowska, General Prosecutors’ office, Poland. Identification of legislative challenges in the region.

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