The CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk (CAR)
The aim of the regional Expert Group on Children at Risk (CAR) is to eradicate all forms of neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation against children in the Baltic Sea Region.
The work of the Expert Group is based upon the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by all the Member States of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS). The work is also guided by other relevant international and regional conventions, recommendations and guidelines.
The Expert Group consists of senior officials from the line ministries dealing with children’s issues or designated agencies in the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States plus the European Commission. The Member States are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The chairmanship rotates on an annual basis and follows the CBSS Presidency rotation.
Cooperation on children at risk in the Baltic Sea region began in 1998 and was included as part of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in 2002. Since then, the Expert Group has expanded its scope from concentrating on sexual exploitation of children to a much broader content and activities for child rights and protection.
The Expert Group is the governing body of the Children at Risk Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States. It meets twice a year, develops the mandate, budget and yearly plan of activities that are implemented by the Children at Risk Unit.
The Expert Group identifies, supports and implements cooperation on child rights and child protection issues among countries, institutions and organizations in the region. It examines and reviews child rights opportunities, good practices and areas of concern with regard to children as identified by its network of experts and by the Children at Risk Unit. Based on these findings, the Expert Group adopts programmes and implements actions and projects. Activities are carried out in collaboration with national authorities, institutions and organizations including with children.
Information on the yearly activities of the Expert Group on Children at Risk and the Children at Risk Unit can be found under Annual reports.