Protecting children’s rights in institutional settings

  • Wednesday 22 & Wednesday 29 November 2023, 10am-1pm (two half-days via Zoom) FULLY BOOKED
  • This course will be run again in 2024 (please visit this page again soon for new dates)

Feedback from course participants, October 2020 – September 2022

Course overview:

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child entitles children deprived of their family environment to special protection and assistance. This course has been especially designed for independent advocates and others acting in independent roles in England, to help you protect the rights of children in institutional settings.



Course aims:

The course will:

  • Increase understanding of the inherent risks for children of living in institutional settings;
  • Disseminate key learning from inquiries and investigations about institutional cultures and practices which harm children, and the importance of robust independent scrutiny and challenge; 
  • Demonstrate approaches and behaviours which keep the child’s perspective and rights at the forefront of independent investigations, monitoring and advocacy.

Facilitated by Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director – a registered social worker with more than 30 years’ experience of promoting and protecting children’s rights.

Course participants:

The course is open to:

  • Independent advocates supporting children and/or young people (aged 0-25) in institutional settings (this includes children’s homes, young offender institutions, secure training centres, mental health in-patient units, boarding schools and residential special schools)
  • Those in independent roles which contribute to effective safeguarding in any of the above institutional settings (this includes local authority designated officers, independent reviewing officers and complaints investigators)

Book your place:

Book your place by completing the registration form below. A member of the Article 39 team will be in touch within five working days to confirm your place.

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