Child Protection

The Expert Group on Children at Risk is a platform for regional cooperation to promote children’s rights and child protection. The Expert Group consists of senior officials appointed by the CBSS Ministries responsible for children’s issues.

Our vision for the Baltic Sea region is where children enjoy the full range human rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In our vision, effective national child protection systems offer comprehensive prevention, protection and support, providing equal opportunities for all children to grow, develop and thrive free from all forms violence. Despite progress, some children still do not enjoy their right to protection from violence, as recognised in the UNCRC.

CBSS member states are working together to strengthen national child protection systems, including legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect children from all forms violence, through regional dialogue and practical cooperation.   

With the CBSS Expert Group on Children at Risk as a hub of regional cooperation on child protection, the region has developed ground-breaking research on young people’s attitudes to sexual behaviour and online risk taking behaviour, guidance to support the implementation of laws against violence, a child-rights and system-based approach to audit and monitoring of child welfare facilities and guidelines to promote human rights and best interests of children in transnational situations. The CBSS has also played a lead role in establishing the European Barnahus Network.

Facts & Figures

  • All CBSS Member States have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
  • 10 CBSS Member States have a full legal prohibition of corporal punishment in place.
  • Barnahus (“Children’s Houses”) are set up or piloted in 10 CBSS member states and many more across Europe.
  • The European Barnahus network, hosted by the CBSS, is active in 34 national contexts to support and promote Barnahus. The network is endorsed by key officials from the United Nations, European Union and the Council of Europe.
  • Over the past 20 years, CBSS has been involved in training over a 1000 professionals in the areas of child protection, asylum and migration, trafficking, alternative care, safety on the internet, child friendly justice and more.