The Council of Europe adopted Strategy for the Rights of the Child, 15 February 2012
Strasbourg - The Committee of Ministers adopted at its 1134th Meeting, on 15 February 2012, a new Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015). The aim of the strategy is to implement fundamental standards to protect and promote childrenâ€™s rights. It will provide guidance, advice and support to its 47 member states on how best to bridge gaps between standards and practice.
The objectives of the Strategy are: to promote child-friendly services and systems (in the areas of justice, health and social services); to eliminate all forms of violence against children (including sexual violence, trafficking, corporal punishment and violence in schools); to guarantee the rights of children in vulnerable situations (such as those with disabilities, in detention, in alternative care, migrant or Roma children); and to promoting child participation.
According to the Strategy, the Council of Europe will, in order to raise awareness on sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, decide upon a European Day on the fight against Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children, which was a proposal of Slovenia.
More information: www.coe.int/children