Protecting marginalized children in Europe – and beyond

Organizer IOGT International
Time 2016-09-20 10:00
Location Bratislava
Standard Ticket

Children are the future. Children deserve special protection. This is consensus and nobody contests these propositions. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified UN Convention.
However, looking behind these propositions offers a much bleaker picture. Reality looks – unfortunately – quite different:

The best interest of children rarely makes the top list of political priorities. In fact, all too often the needs and rights of children have to take a back seat.

In Europe, there are 9 million children growing up with alcohol-addicted parents. They are often marginalized and extremely vulnerable to a host of negative consequences of their parents’ alcohol problems. But the European Commission does not have a strategy to protect these children from harm and to promote their well-being.
In Europe, migrant children are another group that lacks special protection and care.
Poverty and deprivation are hitting children and their future opportunities, abilities and dreams disproportionately hard.

This one-day conference explores the situation of vulnerable and marginalized children to paint a picture of reality that decision-makers all too often overlook and are not aware of. We tell the story of children, their needs and their lives.
As a second step, the conference will generate best practices and concrete solutions to better protect vulnerable children, end their marginalization and promote their well-being.

This conference brings together decision-makers from around Europe and working on all levels, as well as civil society leaders whose work is making a difference for children every day.
The purpose of this conference is to start a dialogue, share the stories of Europe’s children and to generate solutions and best practices together.