Issues, Briefs, and Reports on Child Rights

Children’s Rights Can Make Canada Work Better for Young People 

This discussion paper addresses the challenges of implementing children’s rights in Canada’s federal system of government.  It turns around the common perception that federalism prevents  implementation to illustrate how greater attention to children’s rights could improve how federalism works.  Children’s Rights Can Make Canada Work Better for Young People.

Family Law and Children’s Rights in Canada:  A submission by the CCRC proposes changes in Canada’s family law to better protect the rights of children impacted by the processes and decisions made in the family court system.

Best Interests of the Child

In 2009 the Coalition hosted a symposium to explore the meaning and application of the Best Interests of the Child, a central principle in the Convention.  The report identifies key questions and makes recommendations for a wide range of areas where the Best Interest principle applies.

Report:  Best Interests of the Child: Meaning and Application in Canada (English)

Report in French:  L’interest superieur de l’enfant

News Release for Best Interests of the Child Report

Child Rights Impact Assessments

In 2013 the CCRC sponsored a symposium on the use of Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIA) to improve public decision-making  that affects children. The CCRC continues to research and apply the learnings of this symposium, along with international colleagues.

Fact Sheet on Child Rights Impact Assessments

Report: Child Rights Impact Assessments: A Tool to Focus on Children

Discussion Paper before Symposium

General Measures for Implementation of Children’s Rights: Not There Yet:  Canada’s Implementation of CRC General Measures 

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