The CBSS Children at Risk Unit invited policymakers, practitioners, advocates and researchers from the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region, including Northwest Russia, to gather on 29 – 30 May 2018 the for the regional expert consultation on ‘Good Practices in Identification and Referral of Children at Risk of Exploitation and Trafficking’ in Oslo, Norway.
The Norwegian Deputy Minister for Children and Equality, Mr Tom Erlend Skaug, will open the consultation. Together with leading European and international experts from the child rights and anti-trafficking field, the participants will engage in a review of the current state of knowledge, policy and practice and develop the Oslo Conclusions.
The results of a multi-country consultation process with child victims of exploitation and trafficking will inform the discussion: the children had previously made recommendations on what kind of support is needed to exit difficult and exploitative situations. The speakers, panellists and participants will ask and respond to critical questions, engage in solution-oriented discussions and identify key learning from today’s practice that could guide more effective and appropriate approaches to identification and referral, in the region and beyond.
The consultation builds upon previous meetings and achievements in the CBSS Protect Children on the Move project. Guidelines on the human rights and the best interests of the child in transnational child protection cases have been developed as well as a special portal on Wikipedia providing information about transnational child protection. Several hundred officials, professionals and experts have been consulted, trained and shared information during 2013 – 2018.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States Expert Group on Children at Risk developed the project in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers. During 2016, the two Councils organized training seminars in Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. In 2017, meetings on good practices in identification and referral have taken place in St. Petersburg and Vilnius.
The consultation in Oslo is co-organized with the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs.