Expert Group on Children at Risk

The Expert Group on Children at Risk acts as convenor, driver, initiator, coordinator and facilitator to stimulate dialogue and exchange on cross-border concerns, to develop and nurture strategic partnerships and to contribute to the development and implementation of tangible projects.

We engage national, regional and global actors to exchange information on emerging, developing and ongoing initiatives, to explore joint opportunities and to engage key stakeholders in practical projects. This work effectively contributes to ensuring that potential overlaps are transformed into helpful synergies, trusted partnerships and joint and harmonised action.

Our work draws on, and contributes to relevant legal and policy frameworks, authoritative guidance, ethical and safe data collection and the voices of children and youth. We take note of relevant global, regional and the Expert Group members’ national agendas, goals and strategies, to ensure strategic direction, complementarity and added value in achieving global, regional and national commitments to children.

Governance

The Expert Group is the governing body of the Children at Risk Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat.

Meetings

The Expert Group is the governing body of the Children at Risk Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat. It meets at least twice a year, develops the mandate, budget and yearly plan of activities that are implemented by the Children at Risk Unit.

Membership

The Expert Group consists of senior officials from the line ministries dealing with children’s issues or designated agencies in the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States plus the European Commission. The Member States are Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The chairmanship rotates on an annual basis and follows the CBSS Presidency rotation.

Chair
  • Lithuania: Daina Urbonaitienė, Ministry of Social Security and Labour
Vice-Chair
  • Norway: Unni Nygaard, Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs
 
  • Denmark: Maria Pârja, National Board of Social Services 
  • Estonia: Eve Liblik, Social Insurance Board
  • Finland: Marjo Malja, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
  • Germany: Almut Hornschild & Anna Maria Lemcke, Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • Iceland: Heiða Björg Pálmadóttir, Government Agency for Child Protection
  • LatviaLauris Neikens, Ministry of Welfare
  • Poland: Katarzyna Napiórkowska, Ministry of Family and Social Policy
  • Russia: Natalia Tregoubovitch, Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation
  • Sweden: Karin Blomgren, National Board of Health and Welfare