June 19, 2015 | By CREAN info |
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After the promising decade which followed promulgation and state-level implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the advancement of the children’s rights agenda in Europe progressively slowed to a stagnation, accompanied by – at different extents - a generalised recession of social policies. The recent economic crisis only exacerbated the prevalence of risks for the most vulnerable groups, including children. In order to mitigate the harmful consequences of the economic crisis and get attention back around children’s rights, significant efforts have to be invested into policy-making and innovation. The time of theoretical advocacy endeavours is over. Despite the ethical obligation they imply and the philosophical validity of their principles, discourses on children’s rights need to advance forward through a trans-national exchange of knowledge, which must be thorough and comparable, as well as based on concrete evidence-based experiences. Awareness must be raised among governments and other key stakeholders based on solid facts and concrete analysis, so as to generate more sustainable and practical commitments. This publication is based on the contributions submitted by the CREAN Mediterranean network members during the period between March and September, 2015. The report presents an overview of the situation of children’s rights in a significant number of European countries. It takes stock of enhancements made, of the challenges to be faced and the concrete actions implemented, all the while taking the current economic scenario into consideration. The intent of the report is to produce an information-package to be used for fundraising purposes in preparing proposals for joint opportunities based on a shared background and a more effective justification.