Children’s Rights Training

A Training Programme on Children’s Rights and Effective International Advocacy

In advance of Ireland’s next examination under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Rights Alliance provided an exciting opportunity to upskill on children’s rights and effective international advocacy. This training programme was the first of four activities we will undertake in 2014-2015 in advance of Ireland’s examination. We have also conducted a nationwide consultation and we're currently drafting a national parallel/shadow report. We're also coordinating a children and young people’s report and will be leading a delegation before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The two-day interactive training programme covered:

  • Understanding childhood
  • Introduction to children’s rights
  • Exploring ways to make children and young people active agents in their rights
  • Enforcement of children’s rights in Ireland
  • Understanding the UN Human Rights Reporting Process and the workings of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Writing impactful Parallel Reports and taking part in effective international advocacy

An array of expert speakers provided interactive, engaging and practically-focussed sessions. Each participant received a full training pack and resources for each session. Speakers included:

  • Brian Barrington BL
  • Professor Dympna Devine, University College Dublin
  • Anne O’Donnell, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Participation, Play, Recreation and Culture
  • Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection
  • Dr. Liam Thornton, University College Dublin
  • Veronica Yates, Children’s Rights Information Network

Download the (draft) children's rights training programme here.

This training programme was kindly co-sponsored by the UN Human Rights Council Legacy Project of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. For more information, visit and