Save the Children Finland is an active and influential player in Finnish society where we bring up important issues on children's welfare for debate and promote the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in local and countrywide as well as international forums. Our aim is to achieve favourable and lasting changes in children’s lives worldwide.
Save the Children Finland co-operates with other organisations, authorities and decision-makers, takes part in work groups and committees, issues statements and expresses its opinions, raises questions relating to children and their welfare for general discussion, and provides training for local people involved in responsible work for these issues.
The advocacy work of Save the Children Finland and its partners aims at promoting changes that serve to increase awareness of the content and obligations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- the assessment of impacts on children gains due attention in legislation
- resources for preventive action in child protection are increased
- the status and resources of child protection are strengthened in society
- the child-centred approach in foster placements gains ground
- knowledge of intercountry adoptions and adopted children's special needs grows
- international co-operation and training on child protection issues increases
- violence against children is revealed and made visible, and actions to prevent and suppress it are adequate
Save the Children Finland did receive an EU DG Justice funded grant which is meant to support activities which enhance children’s rights in European Union. Due to financial support of the grant Save the Children EU office was supported in the advocacy work - one of the main advocacy points was to follow and advocate that Children’s Rights would be taken into consideration in the MFF negotiations and decision making process. Save the Children EU office have published a lot of advocacy material and also kept Save the Children network in Europe updated of the process throughout the year, please see the material from here: (http://www.savethechildren.net/advocacy/eu-office/publications-library)
Also a study concerning the European countries was made to see how those countries have reported in their national reports for the Child Rights Commission (CRC UN reporting) resources which have been used for Child Rights work. One the Initiatives of Save the Children is Child Rights Governance (CRG) and CRG team has produced a lot of useful material which is very useful in national CRG work – a toolkit.
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