The current Strategy for the Rights of the Child was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 23 February 2022 and launched at the High-level Conference “Beyond the horizon: a new era for the rights of the child” in Rome on 7-8 April 2022.
It is the fourth in a series of successful Strategies aimed at advancing the protection and promotion of the rights of the child across Europe, in the framework of the programme “Building a Europe for and with Children” operating since 2006. As part of the Organisation’s long-standing commitment to putting the child at the centre of its work, the Strategy was developed through a large consultative process involving national governments, international organisations, civil society organisations and, last but not least, 220 children from 10 member states.
The Strategy identifies six strategic objectives building partly on previous priority areas remaining relevant (“continuous implementation”) and for the other part including new action aimed at responding to new areas of concern (“joint innovation”). It will guide 46 member States over the next six years in addressing the following strategic objectives for protecting and promoting the rights of the child:
- Freedom from violence for all children
- Equal opportunities and social inclusion for all children
- Access to and safe use of technologies for all children
- Child-friendly justice for all children
- Giving a voice to every child
- Children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations