Presentation on theme: "‘A society which defines out the old, lacks compassion; but a society which omits to define in the young, or worse, which systematically keeps them out,"— Presentation transcript:
‘A society which defines out the old, lacks compassion; but a society which omits to define in the young, or worse, which systematically keeps them out, lacks a sense of its own future' (Dahrendorf 1985:119). ‘A society which defines out the old, lacks compassion; but a society which omits to define in the young, or worse, which systematically keeps them out, lacks a sense of its own future' (Dahrendorf 1985:119).
Rights, Citizenship and Social – Rights, Citizenship and Social Inclusion – a trinity for children and young people Dr Jennifer Harvey –South Australia ACWA Conference 2012
Overview What ought we expect from legislation and public policy where children and young people are concerned? The priority considerations through which to filter the development of policy and legislation - the questions we ought to ask. Opportunities for reconceptualising our approach to realise better outcomes for children and young people. An invitation to hope - creating the foundational conditions for socially inclusive public policy making.
What ought we expect? legislation and policy centred upon acknowledgment of the status of children and young people as citizens now transparent recognition of their rights socially inclusive methods of development
What would this look like: Objects and principles recognise children’s rights, needs and interests Children are recognised as a class of citizens in their own right; not as adjuncts, not as “pre- citizens” in whom we invest because the future depends upon them Commitment to social inclusion is evident through special measures Concerning protection and care of children Right to be safe from harm at the centre of legislation and policy Active involvement of children and young people in development, and provision for ongoing involvement in decision making
Filters for Legislation and Policy Is the policy/legislation based on institutional recognition of citizenship? Does it recognise the social agency of children? Are children acknowledged within the family and as individuals with identity and integrity beyond the family ? Where is the evidence of children’s participation? What are their views?
Legislation and Policy Filters contd. Where are the enabling processes and structures for children’s participation? Is the focus upon children as citizens in the ‘here and now’ or it focused on shaping them for the future? Is there recognition of the interconnected nature of issues concerning children and young people? Is it consistent with Australia’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child? Can we foresee unintended consequences which may disadvantage children or young people?
Child Safe Environments Organisations are expected to: place the safety and wellbeing of children as a paramount consideration when developing activities, policies and management practices value and embrace the opinions and views of children encourage and assist children to build skills that will assist them to participate in society and take action to protect children from physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse and neglect.
Foundational Conditions A vision which transcends chronology A Legislative and Policy Framework which secures engagement and institutionalizes recognition of children Strategic linkages with broader social objectives Overcoming Barriers and Creating new Spaces for Participation Public awareness; professional and community education
In Conclusion … Clarity about our expectations and our obligations A shift in philosophies surrounding children and childhood – children as social agents Understandings of citizenship and children’s citizenship journey Commitment to social inclusion and recognizing children as ‘co-constructors’ Education of adults