European Commission organised the 11th European Forum on the rights of the child that was held in Albert Borschette conference centre in Brussels, Belgium on 7th and 8th November 2017. The specific focus of the this year`s Forum was on children deprived of their liberty and alternatives to detention.

The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission. It gathers key actors from EU Member States (as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the Western Balkans), international organisations, NGOs, Ombudspersons for children, practitioners, academics and EU institutions to promote good practice on the rights of the child. The Forum aimed to foster the exchange of good practices, to facilitate connections and inter-sectoral and inter-agency levels both nationally and transnationally, and to promote more effective cooperation and coordination.

Psychologist Ana Marija Španić participated at the Forum on the behalf of Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb, Croatia. The first day of the Forum was dedicated to plenary addresses by representatives of EU institutions and international organisations that aimed to frame the legal and policy contexts at European and international level.

The second day focused on more specialised discussions in four parallel sessions:

• children in conflict with the law

• children in immigration detention

• children in institutions (deprived of parental care, with disabilities, mental health reasons)

• children of parents in prison

More information on the event including the programme of the Forum can be found on the following link:

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