ENOC's annual theme for 2020 is related to Child Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA). As part of the ENYA (European Network of Youth Advisors) child participation project, children and young people (YP) from accross Europe have been working on the same issue to formulate recommendations that will be incorporated in the ENOC statement on CRIA.
In this framework, ENOC is organising on 3-4 October 2020 an ENYA Forum to take place for the first time digitally.
Young people from 13 countries/regions (Andalusia, Basque country, Catalonia, Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Norway, Slovakia, Scotland, Sweden) participated in the project. Between February and October 2020, ENYA country teams have conducted several meetings and activities, most of them online due to the COVID19 crisis, where YP expressed views and opinions on Child Rights Impact Assessment. The main purpose was to consult children and young people about how they see their involvment in CRIAs and how CRIAs should be conducted in a right-based and child-friendly manner where children and young people's views remain central. Children’s participation has therefore been an important topic. The ENYA teams have also worked with LGBTIQ+ rights as a supporting topic to make CRIA less abstract for the young people. This topic has been used as a case study, to discuss to what extent this is a question of children's rights and understand how CRIA can be used as a tool.
At the final stage of country activities, two elected young representatives per country/region, accompanied by ENYA Coordinators, participated in the ENYA Online Forum. The ENOC Secretariat and several Ombudspersons and Commissioners for Children joined the event.
Country/region teams had the opportunity to present the outcomes of their domestic activities, discussed various aspects of CRIA, child participation and rights of LGBTIQ+ children/YP, and worked on a set of common recommendations on these three topics.
The ENYA Forum is hosted by the Office of the Norwegian Ombudsman for Children, general Coordinator of ENYA 2020 activities.
Read the agenda here.