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02 Dec 2019
The Convention of the rights of the child was born 30 years ago and The European Parliament organised a conference with international human rights bodies and society actors to build a stronger cooperation and to improve the child rights protection....
22 Nov 2019
According to the WHO, 80% of the children around the world are not taking enough physical exercises. The recommendation would be an hour a day. The inactivity affects their health, brain development and social skills negatively. However, this ...
21 Nov 2019
A World Health Organization (WHO) study warns that the health of over 80% of teenagers worldwide is at risk due to an alarming lack of physical activity, as a result of an increased screen-time usage. According to the latest data, there is a serious...
14 Nov 2019
Growing inequality affects children’s access to healthcare and education; poverty continues to remain persistently high among children (24%), compared to the adult population (22%). Despite this, the European Semester – the European framework for...
14 Nov 2019
Neglect, abuse and being born into 'dysfunctional families' are the main reasons why more than 7,000 unborn children are placed in the category ‘children in need’. This number has almost tripled in the last eight years. Domestic violence, drugs,...
14 Nov 2019
Germany makes measles vaccination mandatory; parents fined if they violate new legalisation. From March 2020 parents and caregivers will have to demonstrate that their children have been vaccinated before they can go to kindergarten/daycare  or...
12 Nov 2019
The 1st Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia will be held on the 28-29th of January 2020 at CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, Spain. The main goal of the Global Forum is to deliver practical measures that ‘governments and their partners can take to  meet the...
08 Oct 2019
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has prepared a submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on children’s right to a healthy environment, in advance of its 2020 annual meeting on this topic. The impact of environmental...
06 Oct 2019
A recent study conducted by the University of Birmingham shows that children who are victims of various forms of child abuse or neglect are four times more prone to mental illnesses such as psychoses, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder than those...
16 Sep 2019
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry revealed that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is caused by 'doubt control', and not by obsessions formed in childhood; it comes from a feeling...

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