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Code of Ethics

This page was last updated November 2022. Please visit the Code of Behaviour page.

The organizers and all individuals working on or attending the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in any capacity commit to abide by the Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics was established with the goal of ensuring the best possible treatment of all children participating in, performing in or attending the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Children shall be treated with dignity and shall be shown respect for their contributions.
  • Children shall be carefully looked after by a parent or legal guardian, or an adult individual who has been lawfully assigned to do so by the relevant parent or legal guardian.
  • A safe and morally appropriate environment shall be created and maintained for the Children; All requisite steps shall be taken to prevent the Children from being embarrassed on account of either their inexperience or level of ability. Creativity, friendship and cultural exchange shall be encouraged. Team atmosphere amongst the Children shall be encouraged to develop their experience and sense of community. The competitive aspect of the Event should not be unduly stressed.
  • Decisions related to Children shall be taken in their best interest, ensuring that they are protected from any inappropriate or unreasonable demands or behaviours.
  • Children shall not be discriminated on the basis of gender, age, ability, likeliness, economic status, family structure, lifestyle, ethnicity, religion, language, culture, national origin or any other factor.
  • Children shall be portrayed in an ethically responsible manner, in accordance with what is suitable for an audience of any age in all of the broadcasting countries. Contact with Press should be handled in such a way that Children are not out of their depth or placed in situations in which they cannot cope.
  • No form of (commercial) exploitation of Children shall be tolerated.
  • Children rights to privacy shall be respected at all times
  • Age-appropriate amenities shall be provided including but not limited to dressing rooms, rest break areas and access to recreational facilities.
  • When promoting the event on social media, Children shall be portrayed in an appropriate, respectful and positive manner.
  • Discussions about the Event between adults should not take place in the presence of Children.
  • The rights of children as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989/1990) shall be respected and advocated.
  • Organisers and all individuals who work at or attend the Junior Eurovision Song Contest commit to abide by this Code of Ethics and undertake to behave in a manner which is consistent with this Code.
  • Failure to adhere to this Code of Ethics may lead to exclusion from the Event or further action as deemed appropriate by the JESC Steering Group.

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Last updated: 17 December 2021