Child Rights Governance

7 March – 17 April 2018 (E041018) | CANCELED
Instructor: Jennifer Grant

Millions of children around the world do not have what they need to survive, learn and thrive because governments do not prioritise them, do not listen to them and are not held accountable when they fail them. Others are not equipped to give children what they need because they do not have the right data to properly plan or do not invest enough in children’s health, learning and protection.

Children’s rights will not be implemented without open, inclusive and accountable governance. Children need more money better spent, functioning government systems designed to further the best interests of children, more accountability and oversight in service provision, recognition that children have civil rights and freedoms and an acknowledgment that child rights is political and political will (and pressure) will be needed to advance them.

This e-learning course introduces participants to concepts, principles, standards and practical examples of child rights governance. Participants will be presented with research and case studies, and engage in practical exercises to inspire thinking around how they can advance children’s rights through open, inclusive and accountable governance.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, webinars and assignments, and is offered over an six-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The course instructor will provide individualised feedback where appropriate. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: How to be effective and strategic in reporting on child rights violations: lessons from international experience
Week 2: General measures of Implementation as a necessary governance system for children
Week 3: Child centred social accountability
Week 4: Public investment in children
Week 5: Moving past participation: children’s civil and political rights
Week 6:Child rights governance in humanitarian settings

About the instructor: Jennifer Grant

Jennifer GrantJennifer Grant is Deputy Director Child Rights Governance at Save the Children. She lead the strategic development of programmes and policy in Child Rights Governance for Save the Children across 90 countries worldwide. She authored the first programming guidance, analysis tool and programme strategy tool for child rights governance for Save the Children. Before her current position she served as Head of the Child Rights supporting strategy for Save the Children UK for five years. Coordinating all work on child rights mechanisms across all country programmes and establishing the first child rights programmes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Before her tenure as Save the Children, Ms Grant was a Senior Human Rights Adviser for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in a peace negotiation and monitoring mission in Aceh Indonesia and was a Lecturer in International Criminal Law at Sussex University. Jennifer holds two undergraduate degrees in Social Anthropology with International Development (MA) and Law (LLB) and a postgraduate masters in International Law (LLM).


Tuition fee for participants:€ 405 (€ 465 after 1 December 2017); tuition for auditors€ 155 (€ 185 after 1 December 2017). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

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