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CYAC Members’ Conference Table

Who We Are

In order to explore and better understand the connection between children’s rights to participation and protection, the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP) was established following an international conference held at Ryerson University in October 2015.

The ICCRP involves scholars and practitioners from 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.

To ensure the inclusion of young people in the partnership we have our own Child and Youth Advisory Committee (CYAC) established to guide the research process and
the dissemination of the ICCRP’s findings. The CYAC is comprised of youth from Brazil, Canada, China and South Africa. The CYAC members meet virtually to discuss issues related to children’s rights and the research process and efforts.

ICCRP and CYAC Members at NACCW Conference 2019

Our Research


Phase One​ of the research was carried out in 2017 to establish the Child and Youth Advisory Committee (CYAC). Adult professionals from multiple sectors and contexts around the world were also interviewed to identify their understandings of child protection and participation. Furthermore, a literature review was undertaken.

Phase Two​ commenced in late January 2018 wherein the ICCRP pursued the second objective identified above. The research team studied children’s participation in their protection in four different countries: Brazil, Canada, China and South Africa. Each of these cases involved the following three steps:


  1. Identifying and analyzing the existing policies and programs as well as gaps; 3​ | ​Page
  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​ began in late 2018; the research team began investigating the potential for learning across the earlier two objectives, assessing similarities and differences. In this stage, implications for monitoring norms and tools for advancing knowledge mobilization were considered. The participatory research methodology used and the results that ensued will be disseminated at several conferences in 2019/2020.

Here are the universities and organizations we work from: 

Brazil: International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (CIESPI) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Canada (New Brunswick): Office of the Child and Youth Advocate
Canada (Ontario): Ryerson University, and the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Previous partner)
China: Right To Play International
South Africa: Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town

Our Objectives

Identify current conceptualizations of monitoring participation in international child protection.

Understand the realities, challenges, and successes of monitoring participation in child protection in specific contexts and to develop recommendations for effective measurement.

Analyze the connections between children’s participation and child protection outcomes. These objectives will be addressed over the course of three years.