End of the ’Strengthening the capacity of professionals in the EU to fulfil the rights of vulnerable children’ project

wordcloud coramFamily Child Youth Association was co-beneficiary by the EU’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Fund for a two-year project to develop training on child-friendly communication skills and child-rights informed practices for those working with children in justice, detention and residential care settings.

This project is co-funded by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union and part funded by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust and involves partners from ten European countries: Coram Children’s Legal Centre and Coram Voice from the UK, FICE Bulgaria, Czech Helsinki Committee, the University College Cork, Children of Slovakia Foundation, Estonian Centre for Human Rights, European Roma Rights Centre (Hungary), Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (Italy), Empowering Children Foundation (Poland), Social Educational Action (Greece), and FCYA Hungary.


International standards, and many national laws, recognise that children and young people have a right to express their views – and to have their wishes and feelings reflected in decisions affecting them.


Unlocking Children’s Rights is an innovative training resource, which has been successfully piloted across Europe.  It enables professionals and practitioners working with children to:


  • Strengthen their skills and knowledge of children’s rights
  • Enable children and young people to express their views
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with children and young people in a professional context
  • Ensure children participate meaningfully in decisions affecting them


The modules are all available for download below and are:


  • Module 1: Introduction to child rights
  • Module 2: Introduction to child development and communication
  • Module 3: Communication skills
  • Module 4: The child-friendly justice guidelines


The Guidance for using the training materials, the Facilitator’s guide, Participant workbooks and PowerPoint slides, the E-learning multiple choice test and additional resources are available for use, free of charge in nine languages on Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s website: