Facilitating Child Participation in Child Protection-Video recording

Find below the videos from the conference Facilitating Child Participation in Child Protection, that took place in Toronto on October 5th and 6th 2015. 

The full agenda is available here: CPICP Program – October 5-6 2015

Definition of participation – Armchair discussion (20 min.)

  • Susan Bissell, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • Landon Pearson, Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights


Definition of participation – Short presentations

  • Laura Wright, Right to Play (5 min.)
  • Ivette Fonseca, Plan Canada (5 min.)
  • Thaila Dixon-Eeet, Project C (5 min.)
  • Fred Hareau, Equitas (5 min.)
  • Linda Dale, Children/Youth as Peacebuilders (5 min.)


Ethical tensions – Panel presentations

  • Olivia Lecoufle, Save the Children Canada (10 min.)
  • Gillian Mann, Child Frontiers (10 min.)
  • William Myers, University of California at Davis (10 min.)
  • Kavita Ratna, Concerned for Working Children, India (10 min.)


Legal tensions – Panel presentations

  • Ben Elgaza, Youth
  • Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh
  • Lucy Jamieson, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Irene Rizzini, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Richard Carothers, Partners in Technology Exchange & Dena Aufseeser, University of Maryland


Summary of Day One from conference participants & Practical Tensions – Presentations

  • Jason Hart, University of Bath (10 min.)
  • Gerison Lansdown, International children’s rights advocate (10 min.)
  • Anna Amy Ho, Former Crown Ward, Crisis Counsellor at Victim Services Toronto, Public Speaker, and Dancer/Aerialist (10 min.)


Monitoring and Evaluation – Training Session (2 hrs.)

  • Gerison Lansdown, International children’s rights advocate


Crucial tensions and future directions: Reviewing the conference themes and outcomes (15 min.)

  • Jo Boyden, University of Oxford



Webinar: Measuring Separation in Emergencies (September 2015)


IICRD, in collaboration with the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network, present the following FREE webinar:

Measuring Separation in Emergencies that will be held on September 24, 2015 – 6:00 am Pacific Time / 9:00 am EST

For more information  click here and to register, click here

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Conference on Child Participation & Child Protection (October 2015)

Here you will find all the videos, presentations and the papers that were submitted and discussed during the International conference – Child participation and child protection conference organized by Ryerson University and ICPNC in October 2015.

The full programme is accessible here: CPICP Program – October 5-6 2015

The bios of the presenters are here: CPICP Presenter Bios

The Conference Summary is accessible here: CPICP Conference Summary

The Executive Summary is accessible here: CPICP Conference Executive Summary

VideosClick here to see the videos from the conference

Submitted papers

Sonja Grover, Ph.D., Lakehead University – Advocating for Children of Haitian Descent Born in the Dominican Republic to Undocumented Parents and Denied Dominican Birthright Nationality/Citizenship

Part I: Backgrounder on the Situation in the Dominican Republic Relating to the Illustrative OP3-CRC fictional case (Case brought under the third optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure)

Part II: UNICEF DR (on Behalf of a Group of second generation children of Haitian Descent Denied Dominican Nationality and Born in the DR in La Romana District to undocumented Dominican parents and at risk of forced deportation) v the Dominican Republic (An Illustrative Fictional OP3-CRC case brought by UNICEF)

Part III: An Advocacy Action Plan for Child Rights Defenders Regarding Children’s International Protection Needs and Birthright Nationality/Citizenship

Part IV: North American update: Donald Trump proposal for retroactive de-nationalization and denial of U.S. nationality for U.S. child citizens, mostly of Mexican descent, who currently have recognized birthright U.S. citizenship having been born in the U.S. to undocumented parents

Download presentation here

William Myers – Children’s right to defend their well-being and development

This exploratory think-piece probes a few provocative issues raised by the conference topic: Children’s Participation in Child Protection. It is occasioned by a theoretical question arising from practical field experience: What right do children have to independently defend their own best interests, as they see them, against not only the usual oppressors and exploiters but also against putative government or NGO “protectors” they either do not recognize as legitimate or whose purposes and agenda they disagree with?  As minors, do they have to knuckle under to whatever adult authority claims to want to protect them, or is there sufficient legal and moral justification for them to dismiss or oppose “protective” instruction they did not invite and regard as irrelevant or counterproductive?  And what about their rights? Sometimes children claim their rights in ways that directly conflict with national and international “child protection.”  

Download paper here

Conference Presentations

  • Definitions of child participation

Equitas Presentation – Fred Hareau

Right to Play Presentation – Laura Wright

Plan Presentation – Ivette Fonseca

  • Ethical tensions

Kavita Ratna – Working children

  • Legal tensions

Kay Tisdall – Legal personality and legal capacity

Lucy Jamieson – Contradictory visions of children

  • Political tensions

Irene Rizzini – Democratic processes of construction and implementation

Richard Carothers – Bolivia case

  • Practical tensions

Jason Hart – Institutional barriers
Gerison Lansdown – M&E tensions

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Training

Gerison Lansdown – M&E workshop

Additional resources:

CPICP Youth Preparatory Meeting Summary

CPICP Small Group Follow UP Planning Summary

CPICP Trends Mapping

International conference on Child participation and child protection (October 5th & 6th, 2015)


Ryerson University and the International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC) are convening this important international conference to address the relationship between child participation and child protection. Approximately 60 scholars (faculty & students), young people, policymakers and practitioners working on issues related to international child protection, child rights, and children’s participation will gather at this participatory, interactive event.

Where: Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

When:October 5th and 6th 2015

Click here to access all the relevant resources developed for the conference

The full programme is accessible here: CPICP Program – October 5-6 2015

The bios of the presenters are here: CPICP Presenter Bios

Key Goal of Conference

The key goal is to identify and discuss the current gaps or issues that require priority in research and advocacy in order to support child participation in international child protection efforts.

International child protection efforts aim to ensure that child rights are protected while improving the quality of life and wellbeing of young people around the world. The conference uses this broad working definition so that conclusions can be as applicable as possible to a wide range of activities, organizations, geographic areas and populations of children.

Specific objectives are:

  • Confirm a shared understanding across stakeholders of the common goal to advance child’s right to participate in international child protection practice
  • Demonstrate what we have learned and what we have done (lessons learned and follow-up activities) following past participatory activities
  • Develop an understanding of structural (ethical, political, social and economic, legal, attitudinal) barriers and effective solutions to children’s participation in protection. Why is it difficult to have participation in practice? Identify the tensions and tipping points between participation and protection, understanding where the emphasis upon the right to participation begins in international child protection and the right to protection ends, and vice versa.
  • Develop understanding of effective methods and tools to practice effective participation and to monitor progress in child participation
  • Respect children and youth’s perspectives about participation in protection in discussions
  • Contribute to a future research agenda to advance effective child participation in international child protection measures

Key speakers include

  • Dr. Susan Bissell – current head of child protection, UNICEF Headquarters
  • Dr. Jo Boyden – The Young Lives project of international childhood poverty, UK
  • Mr. Richard Carothers – Partners in Technology Exchange
  • Dr. Philip Cook – International Institute for Child Rights & Development and RoyalRoads University
  • Ms. Linda Dale – Children/Youth as Peacebuilders
  • Dr. Sonja Grover – Lakehead University
  • Dr. Jason Hart – University of Bath
  • Ms. Lucy Jamieson – Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Ms. Gerison Lansdown – international consultant, co-author of the Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating children’s participation
  • Dr. Gillian Mann – Child Frontiers
  • Dr. William Myers – University of California – Davis
  • Hon. Landon Pearson – L. Pearson Resource Centre for Study of Childhood & Children’s Rights
  • Ms. Kavita Ratna – Concerned for Working Children – India
  • Dr. Irene Rizzini –Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro & International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood, Brazil
  • Dr. Kay Tisdall – University of Edinburgh

Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Peru

It’s International Development Week! What are you doing to get involved?

The OCIC has launched a  collaborative photojournalism project intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges. Through individual and organizational stories the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) invites viewers to actively engage in a new narrative on international cooperation and solidarity.

Take a look at working children and youth as active and empowered citizens through the online gallery and empower yourself by learning. Click here!


Webinar: Child Protection in Hard-to-Measure Contexts (January 30th, 2015)

 “Engaging Most Vulnerable Children in Community-Based Child Protection Systems Strengthening: the Experience of World Vision in Hard-to-Measure Contexts”

child protection

On January 30, 2015 at 10:30 am EST, the CPC Learning Network and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) will co-host a webinar. Dr. Philip Cook, director of the IICRD, and CPC faculty affiliate Dr. Mike Wessells, Mailman School of Public Health, will share findings from their research to establish the extent to which World Vision UK’s Child Protection program includes and impacts the most vulnerable children in Cambodia, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and discuss implications for child protection programming with hard to reach children. You can read the full report here 

Friday, January 30, 2015
10.30 New York / 15.30 UK / 16.30 South Africa and Geneva / 17.30 Kenya / 20.00 Sri Lanka

Urgent Need To Scale Up Violence Prevention


One in four children has been physically abused, one in five girls has been sexually abused and one in three women has been a victim of physical violence at some point in her lifetime. These statistics are according to the first report of its kind on violence prevention, The Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014, jointly published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The survey is the first survey of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse at home, school and communities.

UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “Laws protecting citizens against violent crime send a clear message to society about what is acceptable.”

“With this ‘Global status report on violence prevention 2014’, we have a useful tool for identifying the gaps in legislation and enforcement in countries, which can help to indicate what further action is needed to ensure reductions in violent crime,” he said.

The report drew attention to the need for care and support to victims of violence for reducing psychological trauma, helping victims heal, and preventing further involvement in violence.

Check out the report by clicking on the link in the first paragraph, or here:


Dec 9th, 2014- Celebration of the Day of the Dignity of the Working Children and Youth

On this day December 9, 1996, representatives of the movements of Children and Adolescents in Africa, Asia and Latin America met for the first time in the city of Kundapur, India to exchange experiences and proposals to enforce their rights. Ten years later, in October 2006 on the occasion of the Third World Meeting of Working Children and Youth in the city of Siena, Italy, they decided to take the 9 December of each year as a day to remember and reaffirm the struggle of millions of Children and young workers worldwide.

Learn more about MOLACNATS and the Movement of Working Children here.