We harness knowledge to improve lives around the world
The Observatory is a collaborative project with international, national and local partners. It provides a forum for research, debate, education and knowledge exchange on human rights of children and young people, working for realisation of human rights through policy, practice, advocacy and law reform.
Launched at the Taking the Rights Steps Conference at Swansea University in 2012, the Observatory is committed to:
- Developing capacity to help children and young people access their rights
- Working with and learning from children and young people, respecting their "right to be properly researched"
- Conducting research, data analysis and evaluative studies
- Identifying and advocating for change in law and practice to give practical effect to the rights of children and young people
- Harnessing the best in knowledge and innovation to support implementation of children and young people’s human rights
- Working with international, national and local partners in academic institutions, professions, government and non-governmental organisations
- The Children’s Legal Centre is a Wales-wide, bilingual service providing information and access to legal advice and representation for children and young people, contributing anonymised data and insights derived from service provision to the Observatory’s bank of research evidence, and advocating for reform in law, policy and practice. This project is Paul Hamlyn-funded and will be launched in August 2017.
Wherever the Observatory@ brand is used, it represents these commitments, a value base rooted in universal human rights and dedication to helping ensure that children and young people’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. In Wales, Observatory@ activities are linked to the GRAR Observatory@Wales approach to effective implementation.