UNCRC turns 25, it’s time to make it real

This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention for the Rigths of the Child (UNCRC), the most widely ratified treaty at the international level. Child protection organizations across the world are taking this anniversary as an occasion to aknolewdge the achievements obtained since the introduction of the document, as well as an opportunity to renew efforts to make it real for as many children as possible.

International experience shows what are the approaches that have been most successful in turning the rights included in the UNCRC from paper to reality. This is why ChildPact supports the establishment of regional cooperation mechanisms to facilitate sharing of experience in the field of child protection across countries that face similar problems. Often, there is a wide agreement at the international level on what should be done to tackle a given issue. However, it is often difficult to change established practices and stimulate action in favor of the most vulnerable children and families.

Look at this video animation to find out more about what should be done with one of the rights included in the UNCRC, the right of children to grow up in a family environment.

Here are some references about some of the issues mentioned in the video:

0:18 – “The child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding” – Here’s the full text of the UNCRC

1:06 – “Orphanages are bad for the psychological and intellectual development of the child” – This has been established by a well known research, the “Bucharest early intervention project“, which has been at the base of extensive publications on the subject.

1:13 – For a discussion on the benefits of alternative care and the long term cost effectiveness of deinstituationalization reforms, see in particular this report by EveryChild, “Family Matters“.

1:45 – Read ChildPact’s manifesto for Investing in Child Protection Networks to find out more about the urgency of introducing effective regional cooperation mechanisms.

1:52 – Find out more about ChildPact’s Child Protection Index, based on the UNCRC