‘They still need to listen more’: Working in partnership with disabled young researchers to inform and shape country submissions to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Anita Franklin, Zara Todd

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    Disabled children and young people have the right to express their views freely on all matters affecting them. This is enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Conventions serving both children and disabled people. However, this right is rarely recognised and enacted. To avoid invisibility, it is vital that disabled children and young people are central to the UN reporting processes within countries. The chapter reflects upon a practical, empowering, rights-focused methodological framework which, if adopted, would enable states parties to empower disabled children and young people to lead submissions to the UN. This framework emerged from a study led by a disabled young researcher collective which gathered evidence to inform England’s Children’s Commissioner’s submission to relevant UN Committees.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Children’s Rights and Disability
    EditorsAngharad Beckett, Anne-Marie Callus
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003056737
    ISBN (Print)9780367521530
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2023

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge International Handbooks


    • disability
    • children and young people
    • United Nations Charter
    • young disabled researchers
    • participatory research
    • UNCRC
    • UNCRPD
    • young person-led research
    • children's rights
    • disability rights

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