Series of dedicated webinars within pilot-programme EU Child Guarantee

Child and Adolescent Participation in ‘Phase III of the Preparatory Action for a Child Guarantee’

12 January 2022

A webinar on the topic of Child and Adolescent Participation in ‘Phase III of the Preparatory Action for a Child Guarantee’ will be held on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 from 13:00-15:15 (pm CET/Geneva time). It is a first webinar in series of thematic webinars which will be organized in the period from January to March 2022 by UNICEF and the European Commission. The aim of these webinars is to share practices and experiences from the seven pilot countries included: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Lithuania, Italy, and Spain.

The first webinar on Child and Adolescent Participation in ‘Phase III of the Preparatory Action for a Child Guarantee will focus on several objectives such as learning through exchange and sharing of experiences from pilot countries on how child and adolescent participation is being integrated in the pilot projects at different levels. Participants will get a chance to discuss how child participation can be embedded into the processes related to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Child Guarantee national action plans, and will also become familiarized with the UNICEF ‘Guidance on Child and Adolescent Participation as part of Phase III of a preparatory action for a Child Guarantee’. The webinar will offer an opportunity to reflect on how this Guidance can support other non-pilot countries in implementing effective child participation processes as part of their national action plans.


The webinar will gather government partners and national coordinators from the piloting countries, national coordinators, and other government representatives from other EU Member States, implementing partners and key stakeholders such as CSOs, professional organizations, European Commission officials, Western Balkans UNICEF Country Offices and relevant partners as well as UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) and UNICEF Country Offices in pilot countries.


Croatia will be presenting two examples of good practices by implementing partners involved in the programme. Štefica Karačić, President of the Croatian Association of Social Workers will talk about voices of children at risk in the provision of integrated child protection services in multicultural communities and Tena Žganec from the Croatian Office for Creativity and Innovation, another implementing partner will introduce best practices for social inclusion and empowering children to participate through achievements of the UPSHIFT project.

Read more about inclusion and participation in UPSHIFT - HERE


With the main aim of reducing child poverty and social exclusion for all children across the European Union, the European Commission, in partnership with UNICEF, is implementing a pilot-program "Phase III: Testing the Child Guarantee" in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain.

Croatia was given the opportunity to pilot programme Testing of the EU Child Guarantee, in cooperation with the European Commission and UNICEF, to work on solving child poverty and social exclusion. To develop new service models and best practices for children and their families, UNICEF will use its experience, partnerships and capacities by modeling integrated multidisciplinary, adequately funded family and community services in Medjimurje County, a region with limited access to child protection and family support services. UNICEF's approach includes three components: access to integrated child protection and family support services, access to early childhood education and access to integrated and coordinated early childhood intervention services.



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