Awareness raising and support to institutions in Switzerland
Child Rights Network Switzerland
The constitutive general assembly of the Child Rights Network Switzerland took place on 22 June 2009 in Bern. Since then, the Network has been committed to the strengthening of children's rights in Switzerland.
However, the history of the Network's creation dates back to Switzerland's ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child: two months after Switzerland ratified the Convention, NGOs met in Bern with the aim of coordinating the participation of civil society organisations in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This working group coordinated the first NGO report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2002, which was co-signed by 46 organizations.
Since the creation of the CRNS, IDE has been a member of the association and its committee, and involved in the working group preparing the next NGO report for the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
For more information : www.netzwerk-kinderrechte.ch
Parental Consensus Pilot of Monthey (Valais)
In order to improve the protection of children in the event of high-conflict separation, the canton du Valais has, since 2020, adopted a unique method in the French-speaking Switzerland, the so-called Cochem model, which has already proved its worth in Germany.
The interests of the child are at the heart of the model: in the event of separation, it is this parameter that should guide parents and all professionals towards an agreement. The intervention must be rapid to avoid the conflict getting bogged down and taking a legal turn, with psychological consequences for the children.
In the district of Monthey, magistrates, lawyers and social workers have been trained by a Belgian judge to participate in a pilot project. The model should then be extended to the whole canton.
The International institute for the rights of the child is coordinating the pilot phase.
The International institute for the rights of the child carries out activities to raise awareness among the general public and especially among professionals working with children about the existence, content and requirements of children's rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). In this respect, IDE organizes with its partners a series of awareness-raising activities such as the Commemorative Day of the Rights of the Child on November 20th, the Annual Colloquium on the Rights of the Child, as well as various conferences.
From November 20th 2018 to November 20th 2019, the Office Educatif Itinérant (OEI), the Valais Cantonal Youth Delegate and IDE celebrated the 50th anniversary of the OEI and the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by creating a Birthday Caravan (30-50 years old) which travelled up the Canton du Valais in six steps (Monthey, Martigny, Savièse, Sion, Naters and Sierre). At each stopover, a reflection on children's rights took place with their participation and an exchange between actors, parents and professionals linked to children and youth.
Summer university in Geneva
The Summer University on Children’s Rights allows professionals and students at the end of their training to deepen their knowledge of a theme related to Children’s rights. Since 2014, IDE has partnered with the Geneva Summer Schools of the University of Geneva for an English-taught program entitled "Children at the Heart of Human Rights".
Thanks to many years of experience in the creation of teaching materials for Swiss schools, IDE offers every year to classes all over Switzerland teaching materials related to children's rights.
The Rights of the Child Didactic Trail
The Sentier des droits de l'enfant, a didactic walk in Bramois (Valais), inaugurated in 2005, offers a walk of about 45 minutes, on a flat and easy path, tarred on part of the route and grassy. The aim of the walk is to make everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, aware of children's rights. The route and the message it conveys are accessible to all.
How to get there?
The first sign is placed near the premises of the Kurt Bösch University Foundation (IUKB), in Bramois, near Sion. The walk continues along the Borgne River, heading north, to the SUVA / Regional Hospital site.
Annual Symposium on the Rights of the Child
Every year, the International institute for the rights of the child traditionally associates itself with a colloquium on the rights of the child organized by the Interfaculty Centre for Children’s Rights of the University of Geneva (CIDE).
- Droits de l'enfant et croyances religieuses
- Pour mieux protéger les enfants en Suisse : interdire les châtiments corporels ?
- Les droits de l’enfant en situations de migration en Suisse : protection, prestations, participation
- Les nouvelles formes de parentalité : Le temps du partage… et l’enfant ?
- L’enfant en Valais 1815 à 2015
- Enfants, familles, Etat : Les droits de l’enfant en péril ?
- Le droit de l'enfant et de l'adolescent à son orientation sexuelle et à son identité de genre
- Harcèlement entre pairs : agir dans les tranchées de l'école
- Adolescents et alcool, un cocktail détonant - De l'expérimentation à la désocialisation
- Les jeunes auteurs d'actes d'ordre sexuel
- Entre l’éducatif et le répressif - Regards croisés sur la juridiction pénale des mineurs
World Day for the Rights of the Child
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by 196 States and is the working tool and basis of the EDI, was signed on November 20th 1989. This day has been declared Universal Children's Day, and IDE traditionally marks this anniversary by organizing an awareness-raising event.
For exemple, IDE has organized events on the following themes:
- The silent revolution - 25 years of children's rights
- Does child protection stop at the border?
- Parental addictions and children's rights: theories and practices under construction
- Enfan'phare: 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Publication of 18 Candles: The Convention on the Rights of the Child Reaches Majority, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.