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Children and youth at risk

As some of the most vulnerable members of society, children require particular protection. Despite European, national and international efforts to protect and promote the rights of the child, the situation of many children in Europe is far from satisfactory.

Programmes in this area aim to address such threats and improve the well-being of children and young people at risk.

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Read about the programme in each country to find out what activities are funded, how to apply, or how to get involved as a partner.

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For applicants

Funding is available for entities such as relevant government administrations, NGOs, schools, youth work organisiatons, local and regional authorities and other specialist organisations working with vulnerable children

For partners

The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities is involved as a donor programme partner in Estonia. It can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved as partners. The Council of Europe (CoE) is a partner in the programmes in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania and contributes with its expertise in minority rights.

Project partnerships between entities in the donor and beneficiary countries are also encouraged. 

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