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CRC call for submissions on its General Comment on Children in Street Situations

Type :
Request for proposal/quotation
Location :
Online
Deadline :
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 23:45

The Committee on the Rights of the Child has decided to develop a General Comment on children in street situations. The experiences, opportunities and challenges facing children in street situations clearly vary widely across different regions and between different groups of children. The Committee is therefore seeking submissions from States parties, civil society and other interested bodies, in all regions and from a wide range of perspectives, to inform the drafting process in relation to some specific issues.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is inviting submissions for the preparation of its General Comment on children in street situations. Submissions should address the four chosen questions relating to issues such as freedom of association and assembly (CRC article 15), the right to special protection and assistance for children deprived of a family environment (article 20), the right to an adequate standard of living (article 27), among others. The deadline for submissions is 12 April 2016.

All submissions:
•Should be made in one of the official languages of the Committee - English, French or Spanish. (Submissions in languages other than English, French or Spanish will not be translated);
•Should be emailed to [email protected] in WORD format;
•Should indicate “Submission for General Comment on children in street situations” in the subject heading;
•Must not exceed 1500 words;
•Can include links/references to additional useful resources;
•Will be posted on the CRC webpage devoted to this draft General Comment;
•Must be received by 12 April 2016.
To facilitate the work of the Committee, this deadline will be strictly applied. No submissions received after this deadline will be considered or posted on the webpage. Submissions in languages other than English, French or Spanish, or over 1500 words in length will not be considered.

After a thorough and due consideration of inputs provided, only the Committee will decide on the contents of the final version of the General Comment.

Consulting with children
A children-friendly version of the questions below, children-friendly outline of the General Comment and suggestions for consulting with children are available from: http://www.streetchildrenresources.org/resources/consulting-with-childre... [External link*]. Civil society organisations and others working directly with street-connected children are urged to consult with them and to make a submission outlining their views.

Consultation events will be held for children from street situations and adults working with them from different regions in 2016. This consultation process will provide an opportunity for their feedback on the issues addressed in the draft General Comment.

Submissions should address one or more of the following questions:
1. The right to freedom of association and assembly (CRC article 15)

a. What are the realities of association and assembly for street-connected children and how are their rights under article 15 violated?
b. What are good practices/solutions in realising street-connected children’s rights under article 15?
c. What are some concrete examples of legitimate and illegitimate restrictions on street-connected children’s rights under article 15?

2. The right to special protection and assistance for children deprived of a family environment (article 20)

a. How can States guarantee children’s right to special care and protection by offering them better choices so they are not forced to depend on their street connections for their survival and/or development? (Including good practices/solutions which address the care and protection needs of street-connected children).

3. The right to an adequate standard of living (article 27)

a. What are the most effective measures that States Parties can take to implement the right to an adequate standard of living for children in street situations or at risk of being so, including assistance to parents and others responsible for the child?

4. Developing rights-based, holistic, long term strategies to prevent children developing strong street connections and to support children in street situations

a. What should be included in rights-based, holistic, long term strategies to prevent street children developing strong street connections and to support children in street situations?
b. What are criteria and/or indicators for an intervention to be considered a ‘good practice’ in relation to preventing children developing strong street connections and/or supporting children in street situations?
c. What are the key recommendations the Committee should be making to States in this regard?