Child and Adolescent Participation in the Child Guarantee

Webinar - 13 January 2022, 13:00 - 15:00 CET

a girl in a classroom
05 January 2022

The Webinar is part of a series of thematic webinars that will be organized in the period January 2022 – March 2022 by UNICEF and the European Commission (DG EMPL: Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion), with the aim of sharing practices and experiences from the 7 pilot countries of the Phase III of the preparatory action for a Child Guarantee: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Lithuania, Italy and Spain.

Objectives of the webinar 

  • Learning through exchange and sharing of experiences from pilot countries of Phase III of the preparatory action for a Child Guarantee on how child and adolescent participation is being integrated in the pilot projects at different levels.  

  • Discuss how child participation can be embedded into the processes related to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Child Guarantee national action plans. 

  • Participants are familiarized with the UNICEF ‘Guidance on Child and Adolescent Participation as part of Phase III of a preparatory action for a Child Guarantee’ – and discuss how this Guidance can support other non-pilot countries in implementing effective child participation processes as part of their national action plans.



Moderator: Aaron Greenberg, Regional Adviser Child Protection, UNICEF ECARO

13:00 – 13:10  

Opening of Webinar

Philippe Cori, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF ECARO

Jiri SVARC, Head of Unit, Social Policies, Child Guarantee, SPC (EMPL.D.1), DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

13:10 – 13:40   

Child Participation in the ECG national action planning process

Bulgaria: Evidence generation through child-led research and through U-Report consultations with young people

Greece: Planning the consultation of Children and Adolescents for the development of the ECG national action Plan

Italy: Youth advisory board: from the launch to the ECG national action plan in Italy



Bella Dinkova, Child Participation Coordinator, National Network for Children and Maria Zlatareva, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Bulgaria

Mariella Michailidou, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Greece


Sarah Martelli, Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist, UNICEF Italy 

13:40 – 14:10 

Child participation in service design and delivery

Croatia: Voice of children at risk in the provision of integrated child protection services in multicultural communities 

Greece: Consultation with children and youth for the development of supported semi-independent living model of care

Greece: Young people as actors of change on the employability ecosystem development



Štefica Karačić, President of the Croatian Association of Social Workers


Myrsini Kazakou, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF Greece


Teta Karampini, Youth Employability Consultant

14:10 – 14:40 

Empowering children to participate through UPSHIFT

Italy: Skills building, participation and social inclusion of disadvantaged adolescents through UPSHIFT

Croatia: Best practices for social inclusion through UPSHIFT



Sarah Martelli, Youth and Adolescent Development Specialist, UNICEF Italy 

Tena Žganec, Croatian Office for Creativity and Innovation

13:40 – 13:50 

UNICEF Guidance on integrating child participation in the European Child Guarantee (ECG) pilots

Ina Verzivolli, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

14:50 – 15:15 

Discussion and conclusions


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