Protecting children’s rights in institutional settings

UPDATE, 8 SEPTEMBER 2020: Our October and November 2020 courses are now full. Thank you very much for all your interest – we’re delighted they have booked up so quickly. We will update this page with new course dates soon, so please visit again. 

Part 1: Wednesday 7 October 2020, 10am – 1pm
Part 2: Wednesday 14 October 2020, 10am – 1pm

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.

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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