The first gathering of international experts on the emerging practice of Child Rights Impact Assessment took place May 14-15 in Ottawa, Canada. This symposium gathered Canadian policy makers, academics, students and members of civil society to explore the growing use of Child Rights Impact Assessment as a tool for improving child well-being. International experts from government, Children’s Commissioners and researchers from more than eight countries shared insights about the approaches, institutional conditions, benefits and challenges.
The well-being of children is significantly influenced by government and institutional policies, legislation, the allocation of resources, programs and services, and administrative decisions. But the interests of and impacts on children are often overlooked in governance processes. Building child-sensitive governance approaches is gaining momentum in Canada and around the world.
The primary objectives of the symposium were to:
- Share knowledge and good practices in the development and implementation of Child Rights Impact Assessment, at all levels of government, domestically and internationally;
- Identify lessons and opportunities for the incorporation of new tools into public policy processes;
- Develop a community of practice to encourage ongoing multidisciplinary exchange.
More than 140 participants learned about and shared emerging research and practice to improve outcomes for children, in a multidisciplinary community.
The symposium was organized by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, UNICEF Canada, the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre of the University of Ottawa, and the New Brunswick Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.
Watch this space for reports and presentations posted from the symposium.
The conference featured
- Internationally recognized keynote speakers and expert presenters
- Q&A panel sessions
- Breakout workshop sessions
- Resource tables
- Informal reception
- Policy Makers, Program Design/Developers and Practitioners (all levels of government)
- Parliamentarians and Legislators
- Child-focused professionals in all sectors
- Public policy and legal professionals
- Public institution administrators and trustees
- Government representatives
- Municipal leaders
- Aboriginal leaders
- Community committees
- University students
Panel 1: Child Rights Impact Assessment: A tool for advancing children's rights
Keynote Speaker: HODGKIN_Rachel_ChildrensRightsAdvocate_KEYNOTE
Panel 2: Impact Assessments in Canada: Lesson and congruencies
Panel 3: Child Rights Impact Assessment: A growing global practice
Panel 4: Child Rights Impact Assessment in Canada Opportunities and entry points
Workshop Series Presentations
We are grateful for the contribution provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage for simultaneous interpretation.