The IMPACT findings suggest that the rights of the child are being addressed strongly through a legalistic and administrative approach.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is however far more than a legal document. The Convention has a programmatic character that expands the notion of rights to a more holistic understanding of the person. It promotes an understanding of the child not only as a vulnerable person in need of protection, but as a rights holder and citizen who contributes to the society with his or her evolving capacities. It guides an assessment of the rights and needs of the child across all aspects of the child’s person and development. It relates to social and economic aspects, health and education, the development of skills and capacities, and the child’s socio-political participation.
The intent of this second session is twofold. The first purpose is to start an open discussion on the continuity and interconnection between ‘needs’ and ‘rights’, while the second is to introduce the international legal framework as a referral map for the developing and undertaking of interventions of protection with a holistic, systemic and preventive approach.
The overall framework of legal statements set down by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in combination with the other international legal provisions concerned is introduced as the referral structure within which the analysis and the national and trans-national strategies have to be developed.
Total time required 3-3.5 hours
A. Introduction – 20 minutes
Introduction to the session agenda and its objectives and expectations, along with the presentation assumptions using as background material the information included in the Chapter 2d and the Conclusions of the IMPACT Report 2013.
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