Ryerson University and the International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC) convened this international conference to address the relationship between child participation and child protection. Sixty scholars (faculty & students), young people, policymakers and practitioners working on issues related to international child protection, child rights, and children’s participation gathered at this participatory, interactive event. The
key goal was to identify and discuss the current gaps or issues that require priority in research and advocacy in order to support child participation in international child protection efforts. International child protection efforts aim to ensure that child rights are protected, while improving the quality of life and wellbeing of young people around the world. The conference used this broad working definition so that conclusions can be as applicable as possible to wide range of activities, organizations, geographic areas and populations of
To support this process, a youth preparatory meeting was organized on October 4 and a follow-up planning meeting held on October 7, 2015. There are separate summary reports that have been developed to briefly describe these outcomes.