Objective and Overview

The Council for Human Rights of Children represents a unique opportunity for information exchange among scholars, academics, politicians and others working in the field of children's rights.

The Council is a unique residential conference limited to around thirty invited Members and their Guests. Council members are internationally prominent in the fields of education, mental health and social policy. The Council will seek to influence public policy in the service of the human rights of children and youth, and to provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and the development of collegiality among professionals involved with the human rights of children.

The subject for the first meeting of the Council in August 2005 was: Alternatives to Institutionalization of Children and Youth in Crisis.

The subject for the second meeting of the Council in January 2007 was: Protecting Children from Violence.

The Council for Human Rights of Children is not a conference in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a residential think-tank with the number of members kept small enough to promote cohesion and a high level of participation. Council sessions will be allocated to formal presentation of papers and to open floor discussion, which may include formal response to presenters.

Papers may be presented on any aspect of Alternatives to Institutionalization including program descriptions and outcome research; foster care; the politics and economics of institutionalization and medication; institutional abuse, and so forth. The papers presented will be reviewed by an advisory editorial committee ahead of the publication of the Proceedings of the Council for Human Rights of Children. Some papers may be republished subsequently by the Council in a book dealing with specific themes in Human Rights of Children.