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Neglected Children and Women Foundation

Founded in 1997, the Neglected Children and Women Foundation is an affiliate member of the ECPAT network. NCS members work on a voluntary basis and include experts on prevention of juvenile delinquency, the judicial system and the police, as well as specialists in research, psychology, sociology, social work and publishing.

National Network for Children (NNC)

The National Network for Children (NNC) is an alliance of more than 120 civil society organisations and supporters, working with and for the children and families of Bulgaria. The promotion, protection, and observation of the rights of the child are the key principles which unite the Network. NNC believes that all policies and practices that affect children, directly or indirectly, should be developed, applied, and observed taking into account the best interest of the child, with the active participation of children and young people themselves. All the NNC activities are led by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is the key document that lays down the philosophy and the values of how the Network works.


Bulgaria is one of the primary source countries for human trafficking in the EU. Bulgarian children are trafficked for sexual purposes within the country as well as in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the United States. Romanian girls, in particular, are vulnerable to trafficking for sexual purposes within the country’s borders.

The Bulgarian Family Code allows for marriages of persons aged 16 with permission of a regional judge, in cases of “important reasons” requiring the marriage. This exception has been condemned by the Committee on the Rights of the Child as recently as 2016.

In September 2015 a controversial provision of the Criminal Code which exempted perpetrators of rape from punishment if they married their victim was repealed.


ECPAT with 41 child’s rights organisations denounces IMCO’s draft opinion on the EC Child Sexual Abuse Regulation Proposal

Year: 2023

Open Letter: European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Year: 2022

ECPAT International
Bulgaria – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2013


News from Bulgaria


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