Children as Human Rights Defenders Toolkit

Date: 9th December 2019
Category: Respect for the views of the child
Author: Children's Parliament


The toolkit builds on the learning from the project Children as Human Rights Defenders and it is designed for individuals and organisations who wish to explore the role children and adults can play to defend children’s human rights and what support children need from adults in order to be empowered and protected as human rights defenders.

Part 1 of the toolkit provides the background to this partnership project by Children’s Parliament and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and some suggestions as to how to apply a children’s human-rights based approach to this work. Part 2 includes practical activities for undertaking a similar project.

Children’s human rights as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are used as the foundation for the work described in this toolkit.

The toolkit aims to:

  • help in recognising when children and young people act as human rights defenders;
  • help people of all ages talk together about how adults can empower and protect children and young people when they act in this way;
  • give activities to explore these concepts with children,
  • help children be more involved in making decisions that affect them— in their towns, in their country, and across the world.

Read more and download the toolkit.