Our Priorities

The EU is an important global actor with substantial political and financial impact on the lives of children in Europe and globally. Children are affected by EU action, also when it is not specifically directed at them, for instance agriculture, environment and trade policies. Children may be negatively affected by EU action and policies, just as they may widely benefit from consideration of children’s rights through mainstreaming or concrete action. The EU Office works to ensure that the EU renews its commitments to promoting, protecting, respecting and fulfilling children’s rights and takes concrete action in our key priority areas.

Child Right Governance

In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition of the EU’s role and obligations in relation to children’s rights. Save the Children promotes child rights governance to ensure that the EU maximises its positive impact on children in its role as a legislative body, policy-maker, donor and human rights promoter in the international arena.

General Measures for Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The General Measures for Implementation, elaborated by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, set out key measures such as legislation, establishment of coordinating and monitoring bodies, comprehensive data collection, awareness-raising, training and the development of appropriate policies, services and programmes. We promote the General Measures for Implementation of the UNCRC as a structural framework to assist the EU’s in implementing its commitments and obligations towards children’s rights.

Investment in Children
We believe that the EU and its Member States must show political willingness to prioritise children’s rights and to be held accountable for the commitments that they make in regard to children. In the framework of our global priority “Investment in Children”, we work to ensure that the EU allocates adequate human and financial resources to realize children’s rights, and that the EU spends resources efficiently. The EU spends considerable amounts of money in Europe and its neighbourhood and is the largest international donor in the world. While the EU does not have a general competence on children’s rights, there are numerous possibilities for the EU to draw on existing legal basis to allocate funds for children in both EU internal and external affairs. The EU Office promotes EU expenditure on children from relevant budget headings and works to ensure that children are made visible in budget decisions.
Read our reports, policy papers and statements here.

EVERY ONE – Our global campaign

Children’s right to the highest attainable standard of health and nutrition
The EU can play an important role in improving children’s health and nutrition. Save the Children seeks to influence the EU so that it supports partner governments in strengthening their health systems, in improving food security and guaranteeing adequate nutrition and in establishing or improving social protection mechanisms. The EU must also support countries that face a health worker crisis to fill the gaps.

Speeding up progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is critical and Save the Children has worked consistently with the EU to this end, focusing particularly on MDGs 1, 4 and 5, which concern children’s health and nutrition.

The post-2015 framework will also be important so Save the Children is actively engaged in discussions on what this framework should look like, both with the EU but also with other civil society partners and international organisations. The EU Office is committed to playing a leading role in influencing the European position on a post-2015 framework so that it reflects a rights-based approach, fully integrates children and gender issues and addresses the many aspects that are missing in the MDGs.

Speeding up progress to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is critical and Save the Children has worked consistently with the EU to this end, focusing particularly on MDGs 1, 4 and 5, which concern children’s health and nutrition.
The post-2015 framework will also be important so Save the Children is actively engaged in discussions on what this framework should look like, both with the EU but also with other civil society partners and international organisations. The EU Office is committed to playing a leading role in influencing the European position on a post-2015 framework so that it reflects a rights-based approach, fully integrates children and gender issues and addresses the many aspects that are missing in the MDGs.
Read our reports, policy papers and statements here.

Child Protection Initiative (CPI)

Save the Children launched its Child Protection Initiative in 2010 in order to deepen and broaden our work on child protection and strengthening child protection systems. Save the Children defines child protection as the measures and structures to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect affecting children in all settings.

In the EU Office, we work with the EU institutions to strengthen their capacity to address child protection concerns with partner countries and to know how to support other countries in their efforts to protect children. We particularly focus on strengthening existing child protection systems in order to provide more sustainable and long term solutions to protection failures for all children. As part of this work, Save the Children offers training to EU staff, including from EU Delegations, on children’s rights and child protection, to raise awareness and knowledge about child protection and the role that the EU can play.

Child Protection in Emergencies
A sub-set of our child protection work focuses on protection in emergencies since the EU has a number of policies dedicated to these more specific contexts.
Read our reports, policy papers and statements here.

Asylum & Migration
Significant numbers of children from third countries  move to Europe, travelling with their families or  alone or separated from their family.  Whether they are asylum seekers, trafficked children or come to Europe for other reasons, EU law, policy, funding and relations with third countries have very wide-ranging impacts on their lives.  Save the Children works to ensure that children’s rights, in line with the UN CRC, are placed at the heart of all EU action affecting children in migration and that EU migration and crime control concerns do not outweigh respect for their right to protection. We call for a global approach across internal and external EU policies, that both fulfils the EU’s protection and assistance responsibilities to these children when they arrive in the EU and works with third countries to reduce the need for, and risks associated with, and respond to unsafe migration.
Read our reports, policy papers and statements here.

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