News Archive 2011

General Comment 13: The Right of the Child to Freedom from all Forms of Violence
The Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment 13 on the ‘Right of the Child to Freedom from all Forms of Violence’ (Article 19).was formally adopted after the 56th Session in February 2011. Click here  to read the General Comment.

CRC Communications Procedure
The UN Human Rights Council adopted the final draft Optional Protocol on a communications procedure for children’s rights violations in June 2011. The new protocol will enable the Committee on the Rights of the Child to examine communications from children and their representatives alleging violations of their rights. For more information, see here.

Thursday, 8 December 2011
Applying a child rights lens to health practice: Building and sustaining capacity among professionals.  Please click here for further details.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Measuring the scope, quality and impact of children's participation.  Please click here for further details.

Professor Ruth Leitch has been awarded follow on funding of £80,000 from ESRC to carry out a project called 'Extending Pupil Voice to Improve Assessment for Learning (AfL) in classrooms' along with Professor John Gardner and Carmel Gallagher (visiting fellow) who are also in the School of Education (read more).

Laura Lundy and Bronagh Byrne organised the Annual Research Forum for the Child conference on ‘Opportunities and Challenges: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’ on 1 and 2 June 2011. The event attracted over 100 international delegates and keynote speakers included Professor Michael Freeman, University College London; Professor David Archard, Lancaster University; Dr Asher Ben-Arieh, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Dr Ursula Kilkelly, University College Cork; Gerison Lansdown, International Children’s Rights Consultant and Professor Audrey Osler, University of Leeds).

Professor Beth Blue Swadener, Arizona State University, gave a seminar on ‘Child Participation and Voice: Cross-National Perspectives


Landmark report reveals barriers to government delivery for children in NI

A landmark report ‘Barriers to Effective Government Delivery for Children in Northern Ireland’ has been launched by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY). The report is the result of a project undertaken by Dr Bronagh Byrne and Professor Laura Lundy from the School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast and was commissioned by NICCY earlier this year.

The report identifies a range of barriers to the development and implementation of policies and strategies for children and young people in Northern Ireland. It highlights that while there are a number of positive gains in respect of government delivery for children in Northern Ireland, a number of significant barriers remain with respect to: commitment to children’s rights; coordination and joined up government, delays in policy development and implementation; translating strategic visions into specific and measurable outcomes; training and awareness around children’s rights; data collection and disaggregation; child impact assessment and evaluation; resourcing; and engagement with children in the development and implementation of policies and strategies.

Based on these findings, the report makes a number of recommendations for Government and for NICCY, including the need for a more consistent application of a children’s rights framework to policy development and implementation and that consideration be given to a statutory duty to co-operate at both central government and intra agency level.

Dr Byrne said: “The research has identified concrete examples of good practice which must be encouraged; however it is crucial that the issues identified in the report are addressed so that the rights to which children and young people are entitled can become reality.“

Ms Lewsley-Mooney, Commissioner for Children and Young People concluded: “Some good practice has been identified in this report, but on the whole it does not paint a positive picture of government delivery for children. However, although it clearly identifies the barriers to effective delivery for children, it also provides advice on how to break through those barriers.”

The report can be downloaded here. For more information on the report, please contact Dr Bronagh Byrne,

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