Realising children's rights

This exciting Summer School will focus on how children’s rights are given effect in practice, and the realisation of children’s rights through public policy and the practices of public services and organisations that impact on children’s lives.

The Summer School will focus on the application of research knowledge to the real world, on developing understanding of the theory and practice of children’s rights, and on supporting implementation through practices that embed children’s rights thinking and children’s participation in decision-making.

We encourage applications from those working in the field of children’s rights or children’s services in the public or NGO sectors, as well as students and researchers in human rights who wish to make a difference in these areas.

Overview

Start date

3rd September 2018

Duration

5 days

Venue

Swansea University, Swansea, UK

Apply by

15th June 2018

Please read all information on this page before applying

How to apply

All applicants should complete the  Application Form and Personal Statement

Number of participants

20

Return Application Form and Personal Statement to

colc-crss@swansea.ac.uk

Aimed at

  • Practitioners working in the NGO sector in the field of children’s rights or children’s services
  • Those working in the public sector in the field of children’s rights or children’s services
  • Advance students intending to work in one of the above sectors

Undergraduate students will not normally be accepted unless they have significant work experience in the field

Fee

£500

Fee Waiver Scholarship

10 Fee Waiver scholarships are available covering the £500 fee waiver

Full Scholarship

10 Full Scholarships will be available covering:

  • Fee waiver
  • Accommodation (5 nights)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Up to £500 contribution toward travel costs

Applying for Scholarships

Information on how to apply is given on the Application Form.

 

The Summer School is run by the Observatory on Human Rights of Children at Swansea University, UK, in partnership with the Centre for Children’s Rights Queen’s University, UK, the Child Rights Knowledge Centre Ghent, Belgium and the European Children’s Rights Unit Liverpool University, UK.

About the Summer School

The school will focus on the practical objective of realising children’s rights through public policy and the practices of public services and authorities, and other organisations that impact on children’s lives. It will seek to promote and facilitate interaction between research and practice, drawing on real world experiences of children’s rights implementation. The aim is to develop an enriched understanding of the theory and practice of children’s rights. It will support implementation through dissemination of knowledge and practices that embed children’s rights and children’s participation in decision-making, and which contribute toward holding duty-bearers to account for decisions and actions in relation to children. The school will seek to promote children’s rights as levers of change, to strengthen the position of children and young people in society. 

The teaching philosophy would seek to emphasise participatory and experiential learning and practical outcomes for participants. With this in mind the Summer School would be prioritise teaching through workshops, group learning and shared experience, and practical exercises

Working Language

The working language for the Summer School is English. You will be expected to have a good level of English.

Visas

If you require a Visa to enter the UK you will be expected to make your own arrangements (if you receive an offer we will provide confirmation of your place at the Summer School).

Programme

This programme is indicative and may be subject to change: a final programme will be sent to all participants in July. 

Day

Am

Am

Pm

Pm

1

Enrolment, introductions etc

Introduction to a  children’s rights approach (CRA)

CRA concept workshop

CRA concept workshop

2

CRA methods

Interdisciplinary perspectives

Interdisciplinary perspectives

Contextualising children’s rights

3

CRA research and consultation

CRA research and consultation

Embedding rights in law, policy and practice

Child friendly justice

4

Thematic* workshop 1

Thematic workshop 2

Thematic workshop 3

Thematic workshop 4

5

Reflections and lessons learned – What we will take away

Close

 

 

 

*Thematic, days 4 and 5 will refer to particular policy themes, e.g asylum, child protection.

At the end of each day there will be ½ hour of interactive group discussion on the day’s  learning.

Summer School Faculty

The Summer School faculty will include experts in children’s rights theory and practice. We encourage you to follow the links below to find out more about our faculty: 

Applications

  1. Complete the required information on the Application Form and Personal Statement
  2. Email the completed document to colc-crss@swansea.ac.uk
  3. Submit your application before 15th June 2018.
  4. Successful applicants will be notified on or before 31st June 2018

Fee Waiver and Full Scholarships

We encourage applications from those working in the NGO sector and the public sector.

  • To support participation by those working in sectors where resources are scarce we will offer 10 participants a fee waiver covering the fee of £500.
  • We are also offering 10 x Full Scholarships to applicants who face particular challenges securing resources to attend (travel, accommodation etc). These scholarships are limited and applications are assessed on merit. A Full Scholarship will include:
    • Fee Waiver
    • 5 nights accommodation in Swansea (2nd-6th September)
    • Breakfast and dinner.
    • Contribution toward travel costs to Swansea up to £500 (proof of expenditure required). Please note you will need to make your own travel arrangements.
    • Full terms and conditions of the Full Scholarship will be sent with any offer letter.

NB: a deposit of £250 is payable if you are offered a place at the Summer School. This is refundable on attendance. Details of how to pay the deposit will be provided with any offer letter.