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Initiative: write a brief paragraph introducing your initiative (100 words)

Context (select relevant): research/education/care/health/early years


Question These questions are an opportunity to reflect on whether/how your initiative follows the theoretical framework suggested by the children’s rights based approach (UNICEF, 2014). To answer these questions you need to have identified the role of children and duty bearers in your initiative. The overall word-count for your answers is 900 words
1 Does this initiative further the realization of children’s rights?

How does it support the translation of rights into practice?

What changes are/or might be made for children as a result of the project?

Link it back to the UNCRC

Think about how your initiative will improve the status of children’s rights (as in: will your initiative make children’s rights more visible? more known to people? more respected? More taken into consideration?)

2 Does this initiative help build the capacity of duty-bearers to fulfill their obligations?

Duty bearers include parents, practitioners, services and families.

Does the initiative provide opportunities for duty-bearers to support the development and promotion of children’s rights? If yes, how? If not, why?

What ‘duty-bearers’ learning about children’s rights?

Does the initiative support duty bearers understanding of children’s rights? How? Is this with regards to a specific group of duty bearers? Why?
3 Does this initiative help build the capacity of children as rights-holders to claim their rights?

Are children supported or enabled to claim their rights? If yes, how? If not, why?

Are they informed of their rights?

Are they supported in understanding their rights?  How?


Does the initiative place children in a position of better understanding of their rights? Or does it promote children’s capacity to demand for their rights to be respected?
4 Does this initiative contribute positively to – and avoid harming – children’s right to life, survival and development?

How does the project support children’s rights to life, survival and development?  It might not do all these things – it might do some.


Is your initiative particularly focusing on one of these? How? Why?


Right to life

Right to survival

Right to development




5 Is this initiative discriminating against any individual or groups of children?

Who might be excluded from this initiative or subject to less favourable treatment?

How does this initiative prevent discrimination occurring?


•         See slide 20 of presentation week 20 – explain if your initiative is not applicable to certain children and explain why (for example these groups are frequently excluded:

•         GIRLS

•         SEN

•         OUT OF SCHOOL  children who have been excluded permanently or are home educated or do not have access to education


•         BME CHILDREN



This question is important to be reflected upon in your reflective analysis (the 1,800 words) you can use this point to expand on it and support your decision with relevant sources


6 Are family and community stakeholders involved?

Are family and/or community members involved in the initiative? If yes, how? If not, why?


Will you engage family/community? Explain your decision and how it impacts to the initiative (YOU DO NOT have to include other stakeholders – however you NEED to explain your choice)
7 Are all children able to participate in an ethical and meaningful way?

Do children have meaningful roles or opportunities to participate in the initiative? How do they participate? How do we know that this is ‘ethical’?

What type of participation are you considering to include? (see CHAPTER FOUR

Kanyal, M. (2014). Children’s rights 0-8 : Promoting participation in education and care. Harlow: Pearson Education and lecture slides from week 20)


You could for example discuss the activities that you intend to use to promote participation (how will you engage children)


Complete the 7 questions and then use these as starting points to discuss in your reflective analysis (1800 words – particularly in the last 1,300)

The1,800 words:

500 words – value statement

1,300 words – discuss your initiative

The discussion is arguing your points – what makes your initiative good and what could be improved…

Good sources for references to look at:



O’Neill, K. (2007) Getting It Right for Children: A Practitioners’ Guide to Child Rights Programming (Eds) International Save the Children Alliance: London


Liebel, M. (2012). Children’s rights from below cross-cultural perspectives (Studies in childhood and youth). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lansdown, Gerison (2005) The Evolving Capacities of the Child (Florence: UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre)


Chapter 7

Boylan, J., & Dalrymple, Jane. (2009). Understanding Advocacy for Children and Young People. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.

Chapter 7

Fraser, Sandy; Matthews, Sarah 2007, Critical Practitioner in Social Work and Health Care. e-book, <>.


Chapter 3 and 4 Kanyal, M. (2014). Children’s rights 0-8 : Promoting participation in education and care. Harlow: Pearson Education

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