Involve children in decision-making concerning their rights
When making national level decisions, it is necessary to involve children in this process in order to hear their voice on issues concerning their rights; it was settled at the two-day annual conference of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC), attended by the Deputy Protector of Citizens for Child Rights Ms. Jelena Stojanović.
At the online conference, Ms. Stojanović highlighted the importance of informing children and young people about all issues related to the exercise of rights and the protection of child best interests, as well as scaling up the opportunities for their opinions to be heard when making decisions that affect them.
Various impacts on child rights, above all the current pandemic, were the topics of the online conference, held on 16 and 17 November 2020, attended by the representatives of more than 30 European countries.
The ENOC conference discussed the impact of decisions made at the national level in the field of child rights, child rights amid the current epidemic, LGBTIQ + child rights, as well as the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, before decision-making and subsequent evaluation.
Members of ENYA (European Network of Young Advisors) presented their recommendations for better realization of children's rights in the current conditions, while ENOC members especially emphasized the importance of participation and involvement of all children in decision-making, as well as the importance of their participation in such processes.
Conference participants agreed that it was necessary to raise awareness of children, as well as adults, about the rights of children through various activities.
ENOC's Position Statement on the child rights impact assessment (CRIA)ENOC's Position Statement on the child rights impact assessment (CRIA) was unanimously adopted at the annual General Assembly of this organization, held online on 17 and 18 November 2020.