Galway School 2015 Child Rights in Practice and Research

Realising children’s rights through empowering parents and families

The first edition of the Galway School, organised by Eurochild, UNESCO Chairs Global Network, the Council of Europe and UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti, will focus on family and parenting support in the context of realising children’s rights, improving child well-being, alleviating child poverty and protecting children from violence including corporal punishment.

Workshops and trainings during this 3-day school will revolve around four core themes
  1. Public investment – How to make the economic case for child-centred family and parenting support?
  2. Integrated practice – How to get the best outcomes for children through integrating transfers and services in family and parenting support?
  3. Evaluation methods – How to implement a pluralistic and rights-based approach in evaluating family and parenting support and make use of evaluations for advocacy purposes?
  4. Best interest of the child – How to ensure respect for children’s rights in family and parenting interventions targeted at children and families at risk?

This closed expert meeting and upon invitation only aims to gather up to 50 ‘policy-literate’ practitioners and researchers from across Europe (all CoE Member States).

A call for expression of interest will be launched at the end of May and circulated to Eurochild members (priority will be given to members of the Thematic Working Group on Family and Parenting Support).

Expert speakers with particular academic expertise and insights into the core themes of the school will be invited.

More information available in this document.


The event will be livestreamed from 9am (Irish time) on the 2nd of December for the duration of the event. You can follow the live-streaming here!

Download the programme here!


Date: 02 December 2015 to 04 December 2015
Location: Galway, Ireland