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Child Rights Training

Child Rights Training


Children's right to the best possible health

A child rights curriculum for health professionals on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This material is freely available for teaching about children's rights in health care to health and allied professionals. It has been developed by a joint group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and CHild Health (UK) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (USA) and is owned by these two organisations. It is primarily intended for trainees in paediatrics but could be used by nurses, allied professionals and psychologists etc, ideally in mixed discipline groups.

CRED-PRO: An Introduction to Child Rights and Child Health

This course, directed at multidisciplinary children’s health professionals in training and in practice, examines the relationship between needs and rights, and explores how knowledge of children’s rights can promote children’s health and development. In so doing, it introduces participants to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its principles, status, scope and implications. It also emphasizes the importance of grounding such training in an understanding of the realities of children, their family, and community, building on the social, economic, psychological, cultural, and spiritual factors that influence their lives and capacity.
  • Learning outcomes
  • 1. Course goals and objectives
  • 2. Curriculum Structure
  • 3. Developing the curriculum
  • Handout: Introduction to the course on the United Nations Convention On Rights of the Child

CREDPRO: The Child: Development Needs & Rights

Introduction to the unit

This unit begins by introducing the concepts of childhood and child development, followed by an exploration of children's universal needs and potentials. Needs are then related to the international standards outlined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (adopted by UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, and entered into force on 2 September 1990. To view the Convention in its entirety, visit: Child Rights Information Network). The unit explores why these rights are important in promoting the optimal health and development of all children in all societies, together with the important roles that adults, families, communities, institutions governments and children themselves play in protecting and supporting the fulfillment of those rights.


CRED-PRO Child Rights Curriculum for Health Professionals


updated: 27 July, 2013

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