Awareness raising and support to institutions in Switzerland

   Child Rights Network Switzerland:

Child Rights Network Switzerland:

An association of NGOs committed to the implementation of children's rights in Switzerland   

Monthey's Parental Consensus Pilot

Monthey's Parental Consensus Pilot

A pioneering project of l’Etat du Valais to facilitate interdisciplinary management of family separations.   

Raising awareness of children's rights

Raising awareness of children's rights

A range of activities to make children's rights known to various audiences.  

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 

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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. 

Awareness-raising activities

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. 

Caravane 30-50

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. 

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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". 

Teaching materials

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. 

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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: