Sweden ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1990. The first national strategy for the implementation of the CRC was approved by the Swedish parliament (Riksdag) in 1999, followed by a second, revised, strategy approved in November 2010. The national strategy stresses the importance of training and capacity building of professional groups in charge of issues affecting children’s lives, including policy and decision makers at local, regional and national levels. This work is extremely important for Sweden to be successful in turning the principles of the UNCRC into practice.
The Child Rights Academy was initiated by Örebro University (with financial support from the Ministry of Social Affairs during the start up years 2007-2009) with a mission to offer academic courses and in-service training on children’s rights and the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRC.
Vision and objectives
Policy makers, decision makers and professional groups working with children at different levels in society work in accordance with the basic principles of the UNCRC, i.e. the right to life, survival and development (art. 6), the right to non-discrimination (art. 2) the right to be heard (art. 12) and the principle of the best interest of the child.
The vision shall be realized through the following objectives:
1) Training (academic courses and tailor made in-service training).
2) Interdisciplinary research on children’s rights.
3) International collaboration in research and academic education programs.
The Child Rights Academy is a member of the European Network of Masters in Children's Rights (ENMCR) and Child Rights Information Network (CRIN).