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Eurochild launches legal partnership to support children’s rights

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Children’s advocacy network Eurochild has announced a strategic partnership with a major global law firm to support the rights of children in Europe. 

The link-up with Dentons will provide Eurochild and its Europe-wide members with vital, continuous legal assistance on a pro-bono basis, and makes official a relationship which started in 2018.

‘Legally sound’

Eurochild said that Dentons, which operates in 16 different European countries, would now be the principal pro-bono legal provider to the European child rights movement, helping member organisations to become ‘legally sound and operationally resillient’.

Jana Hainsworth, Secretary General of Eurochild, said: “Eurochild members have enormous breadth of expertise and experience working with and for children across Europe, but often too little time and resources to invest in organizational development. We are delighted to have Dentons by our side to build internal capacities and better harness evidence and legal mechanisms to promote children’s rights.”

‘Meaningful contribution’

Eurochild is one of the largest children’s rights networks in Europe, with 176 members in 34 countries. It was founded in 2003, after evolving from what was the European Forum for Child Welfare, the European branch of the International Forum for Child Welfare. Based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Eurochild advocates for children’s rights and well-being to be at the heart of European policymaking. It influences policies, builds internal capacities, facilitates mutual learning and exchange, and carries out research.

Tomasz Dabrowski, CEO of Dentons Europe, said: “Dentons is fully committed to making a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we live and work, through our pro bono legal work. In the last year alone, we have given more than 98,000 pro-bono hours to NGOs and charitable organisations worldwide. We are excited about our new strategic partnership with Eurochild. Together we will help protect children’s rights across the continent.”

Author: Simon Weedy

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