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ENOC and ENYA: Rights across Europe

Commissioner Bruce Adamson is the Chair-Elect of ENOC

The Commissioner is currently chair-elect of ENOC, the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children.

This means that Bruce is preparing for the role of Chair and will step into the role at the Network’s General Assembly in September 2020. As part of this preparation, our office is responsible for organising the ENOC Annual Conference on the theme of Child Rights Impact Assessments in 2020. We’ll have lots more to share about this as the event gets closer.


ENOC is a network which includes Children’s Commissioners and Children’s Ombudspersons, all of who promote and protect children’s rights as laid out in the UNCRC. There are 34 member countries who come together to share information and strategies.

As a member of the network we take part in an annual programme that includes seminars, an annual conference, position papers and participation.


Adults in power often make decisions that affect people― such as laws and policies. When they do this, they don’t always think about the impact these decisions will have on children and young people.

A Children’s Rights Impact Assessment, or CRIA,is a way to include children and young people in a decision. It looks at the ways the decision might affect the rights of children and young people― both positively and negatively.

By doing this, it means people know what the effect of the decision on children and young people is likely to be.

An image of young people on the stage at the ENOC conference.

How are young people involved with ENOC?

Each year ENOC members choose an issue affecting children’s rights which they think needs special attention and consideration. Their objective is to explore the issue at adult and young people’s levels and to compare findings. The young people involved are part of ENYA, the European Network of Young Advisers.

The purpose of ENYA is to actively involve young people in ENOC’s annual work and to give them the opportunity to be heard at a European level. Scottish young people have been involved in ENYA for a number of years.

Our office supports ENYA, as it allows young people to:

  • express their concerns and points of views regarding their rights,
  • make their proposals heard, and
  • participate in drawing up common recommendations.

This year countries involved in ENYA include Spain (three regions), Malta, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Norway, Jersey and Montenegro.

ENYA in recent years