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Faculty of Community Services

Tara Collins

Title:

PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 4563

Email Address:

tara.collins@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Child rights; Human rights
  • Child and youth participation
  • Monitoring
  • Child protection

Biography:

I am associate professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I am also program faculty with Ryerson’s graduate programs on Immigration & Settlement Studies, Early Childhood Studies and Policy Studies. I am honorary associate professor at the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

I have a PhD from the University of London. My professional experience since 1996 includes work for: universities in Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Ireland; Canadian federal government (Department of Foreign Affairs and Canadian International Development Agency) and Parliament; and a non-governmental organization. 

I have worked with young people in various ways in volunteer and professional capacities in community and recreational contexts since 1989.

In addition to serving as Principal Investigator for the International & Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP) (described further below), I am a member of: the Program Committee for Equitas: International Centre for Human Rights Education; the Child Rights Academic Network; Advisory Committee of the Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights, Carleton University; and the International Child Protection Network of Canada. I also serve as an editorial board member for Canadian Journal for Children’s Rights.  

Research Interests:

Research interests include child and youth participation; child protection; monitoring and child rights impact assessments (CRIAs); general principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) including best interests and child and youth participation; CRC general measures of implementation including law reform, budgeting, and child rights education; rights-based approaches (RBAs); anti-violence violence in schools; the right to play, and business.

International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP)

The International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP) involves Ryerson University, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, University of Cape Town, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Edinburgh University, Lakehead University, and McGill University along with numerous institutional partners in Canada and around the world: Centre intégé universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Education, New Brunswick Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Canada), Plan International Canada, Right To Play International/Right to Play China, and Save the Children Canada. (The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth – Ontario was also a partner until it closed on May 1, 2019).

This partnership was established as an outcome of an international conference held at Ryerson University in October, 2015 on the subject of children's participation and child protection. (See further https://icpnc.org/2015/09/11/international-conference-child-participation-and-child-protection-oct-5-6-2015/) We have come together in order to research the following question:  How can children’s participation in international and Canadian child protection programs and policies be monitored? The ICCRP understands children’s participation as a human right and the necessary means to monitor and address protection concerns.  

To ensure the inclusion of young people in the partnership, an international Child and Youth Advisory Committee has been established to guide the research process. This Committee is comprised of youth from Brazil, South Africa, China and Canada and meets virtually regularly to discuss issues related to children’s rights and the research process and efforts.

Specific ICCRP research objectives over three years until March 2020 include: 1) Identify current conceptualizations of monitoring participation in international child protection; 2) Understand the realities, challenges, and successes of monitoring participation in child protection in specific contexts and develop recommendations for effective measurement; and 3) Analyze the connections between children’s participation and child protection outcomes.

In addition to establishing the Child and Youth Advisory Committee, the first phase of research in 2017 addressed the first aforementioned research objectives. Adult professionals from multiple sectors and contexts around the world were interviewed and an academic literature review was undertaken.

In order to elaborate the second objective identified above, phase two commencing in late January 2018 involved researching children’s participation in their protection in four different countries namely: Brazil, South Africa, China, and Canada (in separate studies in New Brunswick and Ontario).  In addition to creating local Child and Youth Advisory Committees and supports, each of these cases involved the following three steps:  

1) Identifying and analyzing the existing policies and programs as well as gaps; 

2) Creating reflective spaces for key stakeholders to discuss Phase I results; and 

3) Co-producing ‘next steps’ for how to effectively monitor protection efforts.  

Phase three of this collaborative effort is addressing the third aforementioned research objective to analyze the connections between children’s participation and child protection outcomes. ICCRP is investigating the potential for learning across the earlier two objectives, assessing similarities and differences. This objective will consider the implications for monitoring norms and tools and advance knowledge mobilization.  

See our website at https://icpnc.org/international-and-canadian-child-rights-partnership-iccrp-2/

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Tara Collins at tara.collins@ryerson.ca

Current Courses:

Program affiliations:

Teaching interests:

  • Children’s rights
  • Program evaluation
  • Ecological perspectives in child and youth care practice
  • Independent study (undergraduate thesis program requirement)

Teaching:

  • CYC8002: Child and Youth Care Research Methods (Master of Arts in Child and Youth Care program)
  • CYC8005: International Child and Youth Care Work 
  • CYC825: Independent Study, autumn
  • CYC602: Children's Rights, autumn
  • CYC048 A/B: Independent Study
  • CYC705: Program Evaluation, Child and Youth Care Program
  • CYC702: Ecological Practice in Child and Youth Care Practice

Prior to Ryerson in fall 2012: I have taught graduate & undergraduate courses and classes elsewhere including:

  • EQUL 50130: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Role of an International Human Rights Instrument for Children, Egalitarian World Initiative, Equality Studies, School for Social Justice, University College Dublin, Ireland;
  • CHST1000: Childhood in a Global Context, Carleton University;
  • MDG 5196: Special Topics in Globalization & International Development – International Human Rights, School of International Development and Global Studies, & International development issues in Africa; international development & ethics (in French); international humanitarian law; research methods, at the University of Ottawa

Selected Publications:

Books:

  • Collins, T., Grondin, R., Pinero, V., Pratte, M., & Roberge, M.-C. (2008) (Eds.), Droits de l'enfant: Actes de la Conférence internationale, Ottawa, 2007 : Rights of the Child: Proceedings of the International Conference, La Collection Bleue, Montreal, Wilson & Lafleur.  This book is also published in Spanish as Collins, T., Grondin, R., Pinero, V., Pratte, M.,  & Roberge, M.C. (2010) (Eds.). Derechos del niño. Buenos Aires: Eudeba.

Chapters:

  • Collins, T.M. & L. Wright, “The Challenge for Children’s Rights in Child Protection: Embracing the Messiness”, in N. Howard & S. Okyere (eds.) Are We Really Saving the Children? International Child Rights in the 21st Century, Hampshire: Palgrave, in press.
  • Collins, T.M. “Children’s Rights in HRIA [Human Rights Impact Assessment]: Marginalised or mainstreamed?”, in Nora Götzmann (ed.).  Human Rights Impact Assessment, Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series, pp. 118-133, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, in press, expected November-December, 2019.
  • Collins, T.M. & L. Wright, (2019). “Advancing the Right To Play in International Development” Children's Rights and Sustainable Development: Interpreting the UNCRC for Future Generations, edited by Claire Fenton-Glynn, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Treaty Implementation for Sustainable Development series), See further https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/childrens-rights-and-sustainable-development/
  • Collins, T. M. & C. Gervais, (2016). “Children’s Rights: Their Role, Significance and Potential”, in Current Issues and Controversies in Human Rights, 168-197, Gordon DiGiacomo (ed.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 
  • Paré, M., T. Collins and M. Ranjbar, (2016). “Taking stock of bullying and cyberbullying research and introducing a child rights perspective”. T. Liefaard & J. Sloth-Nielsen (Eds.), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Taking Stock after 25 Years and Looking Ahead, Leiden: Brill| Nijhoff, https://brill.com/view/title/31787
  • Paré, M., T. Collins and M. Ranjbar, (2016).  “Canadian Bullying and Cyberbullying Research, Laws and Policies – Introducing a Child Rights Perspective” in Rohan Rajpal Ed., CAPSLE 2014: Equality in Law and Education: The Small Under the Protection of the Great, Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island April 27 - 20, 2014, 209-242 (Toronto: CAPSLE).
  • Collins, T. M. (2015). “Child Participation in Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, International Perspectives and Empirical Findings on Child Participation: From Social Exclusion to Child-Inclusive Policies, 405-437, Tali Gal & Benedetta Faedi Duramy (eds.), New York: Oxford University Press. See further http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199366989.do
  • Collins, T. M. & L. Wolff, (2012). “Canada’s Next Steps for Children’s Rights? Building the Architecture for Accountability through the General Measures of Implementation of the CRC”, 14-40, Children Matter – Exploring Child and Youth Human Rights Issues in Canada, Ellen Murray (ed.) Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.

Journal articles:

  • Collins, T.M. (2019). “The general measures of implementation: opportunities for progress with children’s rights”, International Journal of Human Rights, 23(3), 338-356, https://doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2018.1558976,
  • Collins, T.M. (2017). “A child’s right to participate: Implications for international child protection”, International Journal of Human Rights, 21(1), 14-46, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2016.1248122. 
  • Collins, T.M. and M. Paré, (2016). “A Child Rights-based Approach to Anti-Violence Efforts in Schools”, International Journal of Children’s Rights 24(4), 764-802, doi 10.1163/15718182-02404005.
  • Paré, M. and T. Collins, (2016). "Government efforts to address bullying in Canada: Any place for children’s rights?" Journal of Law and Social Policy, 25, 54-77, http://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/jlsp/vol25/iss1/3/.
  • Collins, T. M., (2014). "The Significance of Different Approaches to Monitoring: A Case Study of Child Rights", Special Virtual Issue, International Journal of Human Rights, to mark the launch of the Human Rights Researchers Network, and coincide with Human Rights Day, Dec. 10 (originally published in 2008, vol. 12, 159-187).
  • Collins, T. M. and L. Wolff, (2014). “Work in Progress: Twenty-five Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child — The General Measures of Implementation Across the Globe”, Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, 1(1), 85-121, https://journals.carleton.ca/cjcr/index.php/cjcr.
  • Collins, T. M., (2014). “The Relationship between Children’s Rights and Business”, International Journal of Human Rights, October, 18(6), 582-633, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2014.944805.
  • Collins, T. M. & Gabrielle Guevara, (2014). “Some Considerations for Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIAs) of Business” Revue générale de droit, 44(1), 153-192, http://www.erudit.org/revue/rgd/2014/v44/n1/1026401ar.pdf.
  • Collins, T. M., (2013). “International Child Rights in National Constitutions:  Good sense or nonsense for Ireland”, Irish Political Studies, 28(4), 591-619, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07907184.2013.838951.
  • Collins, T. M., (2012). “Improving Research of Children Using a Rights-Based Approach: A Case Study of Some Psychological Research about Socioeconomic Status”, Frontiers in Psychology, 3, Article 293, 1-4, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00293, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00293/full.
  • Collins, T. M., (2010). “Respecting the principle of best interests of the child in Canadian monitoring”, International Journal of Canadian Studies, 42, 69-89.

Professional Affiliations:

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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  • SHE-626, Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health

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