Childwatch International was initiated during the global child research conference "Children at Risk" organised in Bergen, Norway in 1992.
In 1997 Childwatch International organised a conference on "Urban Childhood" in Trondheim, Norway.
Children's Rights at a Cross-roads was organized as an arena for reflection and dialogue across professions and disciplines. Policy makers, researchers, young people and practitioners presented their experiences and ideas and analyzee and discussed the role of research in the development of policies and practices that safeguard children’s rights.
As part of the University of Oslo's Centennial Celebration in 2005, 1200 child- and youth researchers, practicioners and policy makers from 95 different countries met for 5 days to present research, debate and exchange knowledge about modern childhood and youth. The conference had well over 700 presentations and a full program of social, artistic and not least, child and youth focused events.