Fields of Intervention:
DCI-Netherlands was created in Netherlands in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:
- Juvenile Justice
- Migrant children
- Child abuse and sexual exploitation of children
- Education, information and training on children’s rights
- Child Protection
Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:
In recent years, DCI-Netherlands has carried out inter alia the following projects:
- Separated Children in Europe Network (SCEP)
Since the beginning of 2013, DCI-Netherlands coordinate the network consisting of over 30 organisations. Its goal is to protect the rights of migrant children without parents.
- “We Stay” Child Club
In 2011, DCI-Netherlands created “We Stay” to to give a voice and face to children without a residence permit. Despite having lived in the Netherlands for many years, speaking Dutch, going to school in the Netherlands, and their identity being strongly connected to the Netherlands, they are constantly at risk of being deported back to their country of origin, which would harm their development.The club provides more than 300 children with the opportunity to tell their stories in the media and start their own campaigns
- “Vote for Rooted Children” Campaign
In 2012, during the parliamentary elections, “We Stay” launched the campaign “Vote for Rooted Children” to mobilise politicians, political parties, and the general public to support a law that would make it possible for children living in the Netherlands for more than five years to obtain a residence permit. The children helped create a website, special election posters that were spread through social media, and custom-made T-shirts saying “Do you vote against us?” that they were wearing during the campaign. They were touring around the country in a campaign bus to visit major cities and the main election debates to confront people on the street and politicians to speak out for the right of children to obtain a residence permit. The campaign resulted in legislative change, permitting children who have lived in the Netherlands for more than five years to receive a permanent residence permit.
- Helpdesk (Kinderrechtenhelpdesk)
Providing assistance to children in regard to their rights, migration status and sexual abuse.
On the 21 December 2012, the “Vote for Rooted Children” campaign resulted in Fredrik Teeven, the Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice, to declare that the government found a final and durable agreement with the parliamentary majority, granting children who have been continuously living in the Netherlands for more than five years before they turn 18 and who applied for asylum a residence permit. This new law is estimated to apply to about 800 children throughout the Netherlands. The government also introduced a new paragraph in Dutch law, creating exceptions for children who are strongly rooted in Dutch society. This marks the end of DCI’s long fight for the rights of children who do not feel at home anywhere but in the Netherlands but were not allowed to legally stay in their country.
Through DCI-Netherland’s “Helpdesk” initiative, 1’077 children have been helped (migration: 697, sexual abuse: 54, children’s rights: 326).
Reports and Publications:
- ‘Don’t Look Away’: Be Aware and Report the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism – Assessment on sexual exploitation of children related to tourism and reporting mechanisms in Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Senegal and South Africa, 2 September 2014
- ANNUAL REPORT ON CHILDREN’S RIGHTS, 26 June 2014
- Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation in Tourism – Capacity building and awareness raising activities in Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Gambia and Dominican Republic, 1 January 2014