Past Events

The European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017

Date: 04-05 December 2017

Place: Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission and the European Disability Forum are holding a Conference ‘The European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017’, which will take place on 04-05 December 2017 at the Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels.

At this event, a wide range of politicians and high – level experts will be present in order to debate the challenges faced by persons with disabilities and, with the audience, explore the best possible solutions.

This year’s conference will be an occasion to celebrate citizenship: how can persons with disabilities be better informed of their rights? How can they make their voice heard? The event will also lead us to address the right to political participation and the possibility to make cities more inclusive for all. Finally, and more generally, how can persons with disabilities better live as fully – fledged citizens?

The programme of the conference is available here.

11th European Forum on the rights of the child


Date: 6 – 8 November 2017

Location: Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rue Froissart 36, B-1040 Brussels

The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission. It gathers key actors from EU Member States (as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the Western Balkans), international organisations, NGOs, Ombudspersons for children, practitioners, academics and EU institutions to promote good practice on the rights of the child.

IFCO 2017 World Conference

International Foster Care Organisation 2017 World Conference, held in partnership with Eurochild, will take place in Malta from 1 to 4 November 2017.

This year’s theme of the conference “Setting Sail from a Safe Port: Giving our children confidence to move forward with safe and permanent relationships” is underpinned by a holistic understanding that every person has a role in protecting children and promoting their well-being. Discussion topics will include:

  • Child protection systems and deinstitutionalisation reforms: overall care system reform and DI and family-based care in different regions across the world;
  • Meeting the needs of children due to migration;
  • Formal and informal educational outcomes for children during care and for careleavers;
  • Foster carers and social workers: education, training, assessment, approval, supervision and retention;
  • Understanding trauma and its effect;
  • Prevention, intervention, early childhood and permanency;
  • Partnership, engagement and children & youth participation;
  • Measuring success: preventative services, suitable placements, successful transitions and aftercare and the impact and measurement of careleavers successes and attainments.

The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children Campaign will open Day 2 of the Conference leading the plenary session “Strengthening Families. Ending Institutional Care.” and following up with two workshops: “Opening Doors for Europe’s Children: Practices from the ground” and “What’s get measured, gets done, valued, improved…”

For full conference programme see