Youth-led conference on Children’s Rights Impact Assessments

Date: 9th December 2020
Category: Child rights impact assessments

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On 16th November, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) hosted a Europe-wide conference, gathering 43 children and young people’s commissioners from 34 European UN Member States, and young advisers from 12 countries. The annual ENOC conference focuses on topics affecting children and young people’s human rights across Europe.

This year, it discussed Children’s Rights Impact Assessments (CRIAs), which aim to examine the ways in which laws and policies impact the rights of children and young people. For the first time, it was hosted online. Young advisers led some sessions, moderated others, and shared their own experiences about being young in 2020.

The conference had the following speakers:

  • Dr Najat Maalla M’jid, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children,
  • Ms Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Special Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe.

It also included an Expert Panel discussion on Children’s Rights Impact Assessments with:

  • Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy at the University of Edinburgh,
  • Simon Hoffman, Professor of Legal Studies at Swansea University,
  • Jana Hainsworth, Secretary General of Eurochild,
  • Ceri Hunter, Senior Policy Advisor at the Scottish Government.

Read more about it here.

Here you can also find the independent CRIA by CYPCS on the effect of COVID-19 laws and policies in Scotland.