The Nordic Council of Ministers’ efforts to combat human trafficking shall help to strengthen co-operation and networks, create platforms for the exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as help to broaden and implement guidelines that can bolster efforts in this field.
The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Council of the Baltic Sea States will in 2015-2016 implement a joint project on the prevention of exploitation and trafficking of children in the Baltic Sea Region. The project promotes a child right´s perspective based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child concerning children in migration situations at risk of exploitation and trafficking.
The project aims at increasing the capacity of professionals responsible for handling transnational child protection cases in order to enhance children’s rights to be heard, be safe and sound and feel supported and to prevent exploitation and trafficking.
The project will seek to do this by training and building a network of professionals involved in decision making, case management, service delivery and awareness raising from the Nordic Countries, the Baltic States, and North-West Russia. With the support of experts from the Region, a series of 2-day trainings will inform law enforcement officials, child welfare officials, NGOs, and child rights advocates in the Baltic Sea Region on how to recognize, protect and eliminate the risk of exploitation and trafficking for children on the move.
The training sessions will be based on a set of Guidelines developed as part of the earlier Council of the Baltic Sea States’ project Child exploitation: Cross-national child protection in practice - 'PROTECT Children on the Move'. The Guidelines are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and give advice on how practitioners can work across both cross-sectoral and cross-national lines with the child’s human rights and best interests perspective as a common baseline.
For further information on the project please see the CBSS web site here.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat is lead partner on the implementation of the project. The project involves cooperation with experts in trafficking in human beings in the Baltic Sea region, and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ offices in Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.
The project will be implemented 2015-2016.
Head of the Children’s Unit
Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat
Tel +46 8 440 19 24
Nordic Council of Ministers’ office in Latvia
Tel +371 29394399