The protection of children’s rights – in other words, child protection – comprises an ecosystem of:
which ideally cooperate towards the best interest of the child (Article 3 UNCRC).
A child, regardless of his/her age has the right to report and this is a fact that should never be ignored or alienated.
This is important to take into consideration since lots of stakeholders often ask parental consent or confirmation from children who report disrespect, abuse or any kind of violation of their rights.
Significant international campaigns and initiatives for children’s rights try to raise awareness on the above. For example:
In the EU, apart from the police, the social welfare and other law enforcement or institutional intervention agencies, there are other bodies who specialize in the protection of children’s rights. For example:
Different countries have different systems, so there may be either a separate children’s ombudsperson for children’s rights commissioner, or there may be focal points for children’s rights which exist within general human rights commissions or ombudsperson offices.’’
It is highly important to inform your students about the existence of an Ombudsman in your own country – or even other additional independent bodies that protect children’s rights. Getting students familiar with these bodies makes it easier for them to report or to help another child or another member of their family report. Here is a list of the know Ombudsmen for Children in the ARISE partnership countries: