The aim of the conference is an improved common understanding on the European level of ways to promote violence-free childhood, with a focus on how child participation can help to achieve that. Finnish experiences will be shared. One basis for the discussion will be the outcomes and learnings of the EU funded Promise project, as well as the experience from the Barnahus model. The conference will offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and mutual learning around policies, legislation, research, and attitudes on these issues.
Date and time: Tuesday 26 November 2019 from 9.30 to 17.30 (EET)
Venue: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Mannerheimintie 166, Helsinki, Finland
Chair: Petra Kouvonen, Development Leader, ITLA Children's Foundation
Chair: Pirjo Lillsunde, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
10.25–11.40 Novel landscapes and new challenges in preventing violence towards children
The session includes a 15 minute coffee break in the middle.
11.40–12.40 Finland's Target and Action Plan for Preventing Violence Against Children in 2020–2025
Ulla Korpilahti, Development Manager, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Chair: Julia Korkman, Adjunct Professor
Programme Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO
Jonathon is an Australian public health, violence and injury prevention specialist. Prior to first joining WHO, Jonathon worked for the Center for International Health at Curtin University and the Department of Health and Human Services in the Australian state of Victoria. Between 2004 and 2013 he was based in WHO country offices in China and Vietnam, and between 2013 and 2018 he held the post of Technical Lead for Violence and Injury Prevention in WHO's Western Pacific Region, based in Manila in the Philippines. In 2018 he was promoted to the post of Programme Manager for Violence and Injury Prevention in the European Regional Office of WHO, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Olivia Lind Haldorsson
Head of the Children at Risk Unit, Council of the Baltic Sea States
Olivia Lind Haldorsson is the Head of the Children at Risk Uit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States. She is a human rights advocate who has been working in the field of children's rights and child protection for 20 years, including as a co-founder of Child Circle. From 2002 to 2013 she worked with Save the Children EU Office, where her work focused on EU Justice and Home Affairs and EU External Affairs. She also works as an independent expert with a wide range of stakeholders on strategic advocacy initiatives and regional projects in the field of EU Justice and Home Affairs and EU External Affairs policies.
Ombudsman for Children in Finland
Ombudsman for Children in Finland is responsible for promoting the rights and best interests of the children in the society. This duty includes monitoring of the welfare of children and young people, influencing decision-makers from the viewpont of children. Ombudsman Elina Pekkarinen's background is in research on childhood and youth. She is an adjunct professor in the University of Helsinki, and a qualified social worker.
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Updated: 14 Nov 2019