Challenges to children’s rights today: What do children in Europe think?

‌‌‌‌The European Children’s Rights Unit, University of Liverpool examined European research on children’s views on their rights, leading to the report "Challenges to children's rights today: what do children think?". The study’s main objective was to establish which of their rights children value the most and which violations of their rights particularly affect them. This information will feed into the new Children’s Rights Strategy of the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe has been consulting and working directly with children on a number of children’s rights issues in the past years, including child-friendly justice, child-friendly health and social services, sexual violence, child and youth participation, and children in alternative care. The study of ECRU brought together this work and that of other groups to conclude what matters most to children.

The study was conducted by Dr. Aoife Daly of ECRU (lead researcher) and also independent researchers Sandy Ruxton and Mieke Schuurman. (2014-2015)

Kinship Carers

Dr Aoife Daly is at present acting as a consultant on the Baring Foundation-funded project Kinship Counts. Aoife is working with Kinship Carers Liverpool and Liverpool Council on this project which seeks to embed human rights-based approaches to work with kinship carers, a group of persons who take on the care of children of other family members. Kinship carers are often not treated as a distinct group with problems particular to them. They often receive little if any financial or other support. The project seeks to secure a number of tangible outcomes, for example greater access to information and a Liverpool Charter for Kinship Care.