Despite significant advancements in the recognition of childrens’ rights, children often face additional obstacles to those encountered by adults because of their dependent status and lack of standing, the potential conflict of interest with their legal representative(s), the lack of information that is available to them, or simply because they are not taken seriously when they need to seek remedies because their rights are violated.
In this discussion topic, we are asking that participants share specific challenges faced by children and teens in accessing justice, and if possible to also share examples. We would also like to collect tactics that were used to overcome these challenges, such as:
- examples of how children’s and teens’ right to be heard can be respected in judicial proceedings, and
- examples of effective dissemination of information on the rights of children and teens to them and the persons that are closest to them (e.g. parents, guardians, teachers)
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