The objective of the project was to analyse through a research conducted in the 27 EU Member States the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child from the perspective of children with an intellectual disability. The idea was to empower children and disability NGOs to lobby for a higher impact of the CRC for children with intellectual disabilities and better combat all forms of violence against this group of children.
The project website: www.childrights4all.eu was created at the start of the project and has been regularly updated with news about the project. The project results have been uploaded on the project website. The project is being promoted on Inclusion Europe’s main website (www.inclusion-europe.org), and news website, e-Include (www.e-include.eu) and through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Press releases about the project have also appeared in various other newsletters such as that of the Child Rights Information Network, CRIN (http://www.crin.org/resources/infodetail.asp?id=22254) Eurochild, the European Disability Forum and Inclusion International. Information about the project has been distributed at the World Congress of Inclusion International in June 2010, with over 2500 participants, and at Eurochild events, such as the meeting of the thematic Working Group on Education. Recognition of the support of the European Commission’s DAPHNE programme can be found on the project website, press releases, project reports (European and national reports) and meeting documents for the project.
Children's Rights for All did two years of thorough research on the implementation of the rights of children with intellectual disabilities and had five areas of focus: education, health care, family and community-based services, abuse and participation. It produced 22 national reports and one European Report. Its final conference concluded with an important call for action.
The research made clear that most European countries provide a very limited statistical data specifically related to children with intellectual disabilities. Yet, disaggregated data for children with intellectual disabilities is essential information in the attempt to undertake a real implementation and monitoring of their rights. The project discovered that good practices, pilot projects and training programmes existed. Nevertheless, systemic changes were still missing.
Both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognise the right of the child to live in the community and in family-type setting. However, the research concluded that families still did not receive adequate support, while in many countries institutional care remained a response for families and children at risk. The project suggested that the opinion of children with intellectual disabilities needed to be taken into account when decisions were taken on issues affecting them.
All the project results were made available at: www.childrights4all.eu.