Remember this name: Valentin Câmpeanu! It means that NGOs can bring states to the ECHR for abuse against institutionalized people.

Remember this name: Valentin Câmpeanu! It means that NGOs can bring states to the ECHR for abuse against institutionalized people.

For child protection practitioners it is no secret that child protection institutions (the so-called ‘orphanages’ where less than 2% of children are actually orphans) are harmful for children’s development. The famous Bucharest Early Intervention Project proved, scientifically and beyond doubt, that children in institutional care suffer profound deficits and delays in IQ and social & […]

About study visits and how they can go. Or what we’ve learned during ChildPact’s first study visit.

About study visits and how they can go. Or what we’ve learned during ChildPact’s first study visit.

Some while ago I was invited by an inter-governmental organization to a study-visit on child protection issues. I was the only guest from the civil society and all the other participants were representatives of their national parliaments. I had the privilege of being invited as I had helped with the drafting of an official document of the said inter-governmental organisation. Actually, to be honest and not modest (for once), together with my team I had made available the copy-paste material.

Ahead of the study visit I received an official agenda that included two days of official meetings and one day for a trip to some touristic attractions that the hosting country was proud of. I took a day off for the respective day so that I was not a cost for my organization while visiting the attractions and prepared for intense debates (some of the countries that were represented were not exactly the best friends on Earth so I was expecting hassle and tension). To my greatest surprise on the first morning, during the coffee break, I was discretely informed that the group had unanimously ‘decided’ to cram the two days of work in one half of a day so that the participants could have more time for ‘side meetings’ and sightseeing. So much so about the intense debates that I was hoping to witness and my one day off became two days off. Read more about About study visits and how they can go. Or what we’ve learned during ChildPact’s first study visit.