In June 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted its General Comment on Children in Street Situations (UNCRC, 2017) which is a milestone in the history of children’s rights. This authoritative guidance to State parties of the Convention on the Rights of the Child advocates participation of Children in Street Situations (CSS) themselves in the realisations of their rights. The present research project aims therefore to understand how this General Comment is translated into practice in the care centers dedicated to the protection and/or reintegration of CSS by focusing on Brazil and Thailand. In fact, given the restricted access to the field in China, it was decided to explore possibilities to conduct research in Thailand as an alternative country. The research will specifically examine the different personal and social factors converting the children’s participatory rights (as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child) into real participatory freedom. This will help us understand more broadly how the children’s rights agenda is “translated” into practice in different contexts.
Coordination: Daniel Pascal Stoecklin, Geneva University, Interdisciplinary Center for the Rights of the Child.
Research: André Cardozo Sarli e Quentin Fayet, Geneva University, Interdisciplinary Center for the Rights of the Child.
Coordination: Irene Rizzini, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI/PUC-Rio).
Research: Renata Mena Brasil do Couto, International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI/PUC-Rio).