POSITIONS PAPERS 2017

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  • October 2017

    Comprehensive Relationship and Sexuality Education: the right of children to be informed

    The ENOC 21st General Assembly, held on 21 September 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, adopted a common position statement on Comprehensive Relationship and Sexuality Education. Despite the large variety of practices and standards in the different ENOC member countries and regions, ENOC members, inspired by their national experiences, ENOC members agreed on 5 recommendations.

    The statement is available in English, Serbian. The 2017 recommendations of the European Network of Young Advisors (ENYA) on Sexuality and Relationship Education adopted in Paris in June 2017 during the ENYA Forum are also available in English, Serbian, Greek


POSITIONS PAPERS 2016

  • September 2016

    Equal Opportunities for All Children in Education

    The ENOC 20th General Assembly, held on 22 September 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania, adopted a common position statement on Equality in Education. Based on the ground experience of ENOC members and despite the large variety of practices and standards in the different ENOC member countries and regions, ENOC members agreed on 11 crucial recommendations and provided data and evidence for each of them. The impact of austerity and budget cuts on the right/access to education of the most disadvantaged groups of children, the refugee crisis and the right/access to education of children and young people affected by being on the move, the benefits of early childhood education and care, the alarming numbers of early school leavers, the need to tackle inter and intra school segregation, the need to train teachers on equal opportunities in education, are among others the vital recommendations of the statement.

    The statement is available in English, French, GreekSpanish and Catalan.


POSITIONS PAPERS 2015

  • September 2015

    Violence against Children

    On the occasion of ENOC 19th Annual Conference and General Assembly meeting held in Amsterdam/The Hague in September 2015, ENOC members adopted a statement on Violence against Children. The statement lists 10 critical recommendations to tackle violence against children and urges national governments and European institutions to take appropriate actions to implement the recommended measures.

    The statement is available in English.


POSITIONS PAPERS 2014

  • Octobre 2014

    Children and Austerity

    On the occasion of ENOC 18th Annual Conference held in Edinburgh in late October 2014, ENOC members produced a joint Statement to express their deep concern regarding the impact of austerity and poverty on the realisation of children and young people’s rights.The recent financial and economic crises and state responses to them have had significant detrimental effects on children’s enjoyment of a wide range of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

    The statement is available in English, Greek, French, Catalan, and in Spanish.
    The Greek Ombudsman's Office also produced a child friendly version  of the statement in Greek.


POSITIONS PAPERS 2013

  • September 2013

    Children on the move: children first !

    Despite the increasing efforts of national, European and international authorities to address adequately the situation of 'children on the move' (unaccompanied/separated asylum seeking, refugee, migrant, trafficked, Roma children etc), the ground reality shows the opposite: their basic needs are very often not met and their rights, as children first, hardly ever respected.

    The present position statement is based on the collective work, ground evidences and experiences of ENOC members and has been unanimously adopted at the ENOC 17th Annual General Assembly in September 2013 in Brussels.

    The statement is available in English, Greek, Serbian Cyrillic, Serbian Latin and French.

  • September 2013

    Urgent help for syrian children in refugee camps

    On the occasion of the 17th ENOC Annual Conference held in Brussels in late September 2013, ENOC members adopted a joint statement on an urgent help required for Syrian children in refugee camps to avoid humanitarian catastrophe.

    The statement is available in English and French.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2012

  • October 2012

    Respect of the right of children in conflict with the law

    “Children in conflict with the law are children first and do not lose their human rights, including rights to speal treatment and protection, to education and to health services.”

    Calling on States to review laws and practices in the juvenile justice system area, ENOC members came to the conclusion that there are serious gaps and deficiencies in States' policies to protect the needs, the interests and the rights of children in conflict with the law.

    The present position statement has been adopted on the occasion of the ENOC 16th Annual meeting in October 2012 in Cyprus.

    Read the full statement in English and Hungarian.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2010

  • January 2010

    Children And Armed Conflicts

    Following the alarming statistics of children being direct victims of armed conflicts of various nature and of children being forced to fight, ENOC urges all stakeholders to ensure respect of children's fundamental rights while wars breach all the rights of the child.

    The statement is available in English.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2009

  • November 2009

    the 20th Anniversary of the CRC

    The year of 2009 is a highly symbolic but also a very challenging year for the rights of the child. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. What has changed since? What is the state of play of the rights of the child in Europe and abroad? There is a considerable progress achieved and the multiplication of ICRIs is only one of them however huge concerns remain unsolved. During the 13th Annual meeting held in September 2009 in Paris, ENOC adopted a statement in light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the CRC on November 20th 2009.

    The statement is available in English and French.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2008

  • August 2008

    EU return directive

    The European Network of Ombudspersons for Children is deeply concerned about the recent agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council of E.U. on the ‘Return’ Directive (18.6.2008) and calls on national governments to transpose it by respecting fully and without any exceptions the rights of children and the safeguards for their full enjoyment by foreign minors, especially those unaccompanied.

    The statement is available in English.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2007

  • November 2007

    Children with disabilities

    Statement prepared by ENOC during its Annual Meeting 2007 in Barcelona in light of the adoption of the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The statement calls on States to ratify the new Convention.

    The statement is available in English.

  • August 2007

    Violence Against Children

    Statement adopted in light of the upcoming presentation of the follow up report to the UN Study on Violence Against Children. This statement is calling on strong follow up to the UN Study, including the appointment of the Special Representative on Violence Against Children.

    The statement is available in English.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2006

  • 2006

    Unaccompanied children

    Statement adopted at the 2006 Annual Meeting that took place in Athens.
This statement is addressed in particular to the governments of all member-states. We also support and commend to our governments the General Comment N.6 (2005) of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on “Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside their Country of Origin”.

    The statement is available in English.


  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2005

  • May 2005

    Violence in a children's rights context

    ENOC is committed to working closely with the Council of Europe, whose strong human rights mechanisms have already done much to assert children’s human rights – including their rights to protection from all forms of violence.

    The statement is available in English.



  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2003

  • November 2003

    Communication with children

    The right of the child to express his or her views, as expressed in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), is absolute. Every child who is able to form his or her own opinions has the right to express those opinions in all matters that affect him or her. This right cannot be conditioned by considerations as to whether the expressing of those views is in accordance with the best interest of the child, as this right stems from the recognition of the child as an active subject of rights.

    The statement is available in English.


  • October 2003

    Juvenile justice: europe's children's champions challenge governments to respect young offenders’ rights

    Children in conflict with the law are still children first and do not lose their human rights, including rights to special treatment and protection, to education and to health.
    We believe that current trends to reduce the age of criminal responsibility and to lock up more children at younger ages must be reversed. The treatment of young people placed in penal institutions in many of our countries is a scandal – breaching their fundamental

    The statement is available in English.


  • 2003

    Childhood and commercial pressure: EU proposal for a directive on unfair business to consumer commercial practices

    Unfair business practices are recognised as a problem in all EU countries and harm consumers as well as respected companies with established business practices. Through the proposed new Directive, consumers' rights will be clearer and cross-border trade made simpler. The Directive establishes a single, common, general prohibition of unfair commercial practices distorting consumers' economic behaviour (Article 5).

    The statement is available in English.



  • POSITIONS PAPERS 2001

  • October 2001

    Corporal punishment

    The European Network of Ombudsmen for Children (ENOC) seeks an end to all corporal punishment of children in Europe

    The European Network of Ombudsmen for Children (ENOC) urges the governments of all European countries, the European Union, the Council of Europe and other European institutions and non-governmental organisations concerned with children to work collectively and individually towards ending all corporal punishment of children.

    The statement is available in English.

    See also ENOC's submission to the CRC General Day of Discussion in 2001.