About Us

We are a leading research centre globally, operating as a focus for research intended to better understand and improve children’s lives.

We focus on substantive children’s rights issues, children’s participation in decision making and children’s rights-based research methods with an emphasis on two distinct but interconnected strands of research activity, education, training and professional development:


- using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international standards to evaluate the laws, policies and practices which affect children


- evaluating the best methods of conducting research into children’s lives with a particular focus on approaches which involve children actively in the research process. The centre has a particular expertise in relation to children’s rights-based research employing 'The Lundy Model' of child participation.



The Centre for Children’s Rights has a strong reputation for undertaking global consultations with children, in innovative collaborative partnerships. These collaborations have, in turn, generated significant global impact. For example, our research on children’s views on public budgeting influenced the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General Comment on Public Budgeting and is the first UN General Comment to cite the views of children in its text.

Our contribution to international advocacy on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been recognized by UNICEF.

We have produced five short videos introducing the UNCRC to professionals. For more information on the videos see Resources.

what we do


Our Research

Because children have rights

Committed to the participation rights of children and young people


Our Resources

Supporting learning


Our People

World-leading researchers

Representing inter-disciplinary perspectives on children’s rights


Our Publications

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MSc Children's Rights

Gain high-level knowledge and skills in children's rights law and practice.

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MSc Youth Justice

Advance your understanding of youth issues, youth offending and social and criminal justice responses to young people.

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Centre for Children's Rights

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Queen's University Belfast,
69-71 University Street
Northern Ireland
E-mail: ssesw@qub.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)28 9097 5941/3323/5117