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  • Course | CYR 100Child and Youth Rights Advocacy: Module One


Children and youth are rights holders and all of us have a role to play in contributing to the knowledge young people need to have about their rights.

Over the course of three modules (CYR. 100, CYR. 101 and CYR. 102), you will explore children's rights, advocacy and the resources available to young people in Ontario's systems of care. This certificate has a distinctly Canadian focus on children's rights and will be anchored within an advocacy framework.

Module One: Three sessions, 12 hours

The intention of Module One is to provide learners with a conceptual framework for understanding the rights of children and youth as seen through the lens of advocacy. 

  • A Brief Evolution of Human Rights Discourse in Canada
  • Define the concept of ‘rights'; specifically
  • Introduction to the League of Nations and the United Nations
  • Understanding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its link to Child and Youth Care Practice.
  • What is the impact of the UNCRC relevant to those working to support children and youth in a variety of settings.
  • Children's Rights in the Canadian Context
  • Rights and Advocacy – Allies in the Struggle for Children's Rights

The program was created in partnership with the Provincial Advocates Office and the The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors. You will be encouraged to reflect actively on how you can apply what you learn in the course to your work with children and youth, and to your real-world experience.

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