Objectives

 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.

The law is not exclusively considered in its primary legal meaning, but also as contributing factor at the identification of an area of intervention. In addition to the legal standards, the Convention provides also a framework of different thematic areas that need to be considered when developing holistic approaches in policy and practice.  These thematic areas cover a continuum of measures for prevention, protection and empowerment of the child. Therefore, the Convention enables the identification of a common ground of action as result of the blending between the intervention operated throughout strategies and policies and the legal standards guaranteed by the international law.

From this approach, the needs and rights as enshrined by international norms are classified in four areas: Survival, Development, Protection and Participation. These four dimensions represent the referral map of a holistic approach minded not only to underline the centrality of the person involved, but also the preventive and protective resources available to tackle the trafficking phenomenon.

Learning objectives for participants:

  • To know the international and regional guidelines on children’s rights
  • To understand how to use UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as reference/guiding legal framework and benchmark for the identification of the systemic strategies of prevention, protection and empowerment of the child
  • To familiarise with the identification of a common ground of action as result of the blending between the intervention operated throughout strategies and policies and the legal standards guaranteed by the international law
  • To examine the capacities of national and local systems of child protection to cover the needs and rights of the child with regard to prevention, protection.

 

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