Children´s Rights


This impact area refers to the rights of children and hence, as laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to persons under the age of 18. Children's rights are enshrined in the EU law, in particular the EU charter of fundamental rights and all 27 EU Member States have ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child.
The EU identified the effective protection of the rights of children as one of its main priorities. It engages against the economic exploitation and all forms of abuse and violence against children. Furthermore, the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child focuses on concrete actions to develop a child-friendly justice and to protect children in vulnerable situations.
Here, e.g. children at risk of poverty, disabled children, victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, children seeking asylum, unaccompanied or separated children coming from outside the EU or missing children are considered as children in vulnerable situations. But, children can also be vulnerable in relation to modern technology where they could be confronted with harmful content and conduct, such as cyber-bullying and grooming.
Potential direct or indirect impacts of a policy option on the rights of the child need to be taken into account.

Guiding Question

Does the policy option affect the rights of the child?

Relevant Policies

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Further Sources of Data

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Further Sources of Information

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Other Indicators

To the best of the LIAISE team's knowledge, there are no indicators in the Eurostat database or in any other authoritative publicly available databases that are directly related to this key question. Users are invited to contribute their own knowledge to this topic by contacting the LIAISE toolbox team.