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London Activate Talk: Children’s Rights in Local Government

London, UK | November 20, 2014

A video of the event will be available soon. 

On the 25th anniversary of the CRC, UNICEF UK’s Child Rights Partners programme convened an event on children’s rights in local government.

“Local authorities as child rights champions: transforming services, improving outcomes” explored the potential of a child rights-based approach as a tool for transforming policy and practice in public services. The Activate Talk marked the first anniversary of UNICEF UK’s innovative Child Rights Partners programme; speakers discussed innovative approaches for changing public services through a child rights lens to secure better outcomes for children and ensure children’s rights are promoted, respected and realised at the local level.

The event was chaired by Children’s Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson and featured the following speakers:

·        Bola Akinfolarin, Commissioning Manager at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, looked at improving outcomes for children and young people through child rights-based commissioning

·        Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People at Glasgow City Council, discussed the importance of securing a strategic, whole-local authority commitment to children’s rights

·        Heather Douglas, Early Years Manager at Glasgow City Council, talked about child rights and Early Years, with a focus on working with children and families in poverty

·        Deirdre Flanigan from the Scottish Human Rights Commission presented on human rights in practice with an example from adult health and social care

·        Tess Ridge, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath, talked about child poverty from a child’s perspective and the implications for local policy and practice

·        John Pinkerton, Professor in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast, discussed approaching children’s social care from a human rights perspective, with a focus on children leaving care

·        Catherine Makin, Project Manager – Health at The Design Council, presented on child-centered design in public services.


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