Discussion paper: A Child Rights approach to Child Poverty
What do we mean by a child rights approach? How does such an approach change the way we view child poverty and monitor its effects? What are the implications for policy making when child poverty is addressed through the prism of the objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)? What role can the EU play in this?
These questions are addressed in the following discussion paper, prepared by Rita Maria Sousa Fernandes. The ideas presented do not provide definitive answers but they aim to stimulate debate. Most EU member states have set tackling child poverty as an immediate priority. At the same time, all member states have signed up to the UNCRC. It is crucial to look at why it is important to marry these two agendas, and how it can best be done.