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MaltaCAN – The Malta Children’s Associations Network

The MaltaCAN network was established to promote, foster, and support children’s rights and child participatory mechanisms in Malta. It aligns its work to the United Nations Conventions for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Adopting a child-based approach, the Network prioritises child participation, and its implementation at a local level, through an integrative and collaborative approach.

The Network seeks to raise awareness, and influence policy by creating working groups tasked to react and/or promote topics and issues related to children’s rights and child participation, all the while making sure that the fundamental pillar of the Network remains the respect for the voice of the child.

MaltaCAN is a voluntary organisation made up of 14 independent organisations which, in different ways, work towards the wellbeing of children in society and aim to safeguard their rights in line with internationally established standards.

The NGOs that form part of MaltaCAN as the member organisations are:

MAPT (Malta Association of Play Therapists)
Malta Church School Children’s Fund
ECDAM (Early Childhood Development Association of Malta)
Fondazzjoni Sebħ
Happy Parenting Malta
Karl Vella Foundation
Malta Dyslexia Association
Malta Girl Guides
Malta Gay Rights Movement
NFCAM (National Foster Care Association Malta)
NPSPD (National Parents Society of Persons with Disability)
Salesians of Don Bosco
The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
The Malta Trust Foundation.

The Chair of MaltaCAN is Ms Karen Buttigieg, while the Vice-Chair is Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The secretary of the network is Ms Laura Marie Mercieca.

For more inquiries, you may email MaltaCAN on maltachildrensnetwork@gmail.com.