The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Social Education in pratice – the Torino Seminar

 

In mid-September AIEJI Europe held a seminar about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and social education in practice. At the seminar we discussed children’s rights, as they are stated in the convention, and what they mean for children placed outside the home.

Torino seminar programme

 

Children placed outside the home enjoy the same universal rights as everyone else but given their unusual situation, being in public care, it is important that authorities, decision makers and people who work directly with the children such as social educators, social workers, teachers or other professionals pay special attention to protecting and respecting the rights of every child they work with.

Central articles of the UN Convention

The seminar showed how children’s rights are incorporated in different national legislations and how the placement of children works in practice using examples from Italy, Switzerland and Denmark.

Italian presentation Swiss presentation Danish presentation

 

One of the points from the seminar was that there is often a gap between the words of the legislation and actual practice and the seminar discussed what it requires to minimise this gap.

Discussions and conclusions from the Torino seminar (written directly into the presentation so including typos etc.)

 

AIEJI is currently working on composing a document about the UN Convention on the rights of the child which will include the conclusions and discussions points from the Torino seminar which will hopefully be published by the end of this year.

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