Child Rights-Based Approaches (Advanced Course)

4 September-19 November 2019 (E04219) Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructor: Peter Dixon and Annabel Trapp

This advanced e-learning course introduces staff members of (international) development agencies and NGOs to child rights-based approaches. A child rights-based approach is a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international children’s rights standards and operationally directed to promoting, protecting and fulfilling children’s human rights. Essentially, a child rights-based approach integrates the norms, standards and principles of the international human rights system into the plans, policies and processes of programme development for children.

Participants will deepen their knowledge about project and programme development from a child rights perspective. They will learn how to apply the principles of children’s right to be heard, non-discrimination, and best interests, as well as about accountability to various phases of project planning and implementation. The course will focus on practical tools for child rights situation assessment, programme planning, implementation, child rights indicators, and monitoring and evaluation within the child rights-based conceptual framework.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, webinars and assignments, and is offered over an 11-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: Foundations: Introduction to the Core Concepts of Childhoods and a Human Rights-based Approach
Week 2: Children’s Rights Standards and Principles
Week 3: Child Rights Systems and Institutions
Week 4: Key Components and Principles of Child Rights Programming
Week 5: Child Participation – Children as Active Agents
Week 6: Child Rights Situation Analysis
Week 7: Programme Design and Implementation
Week 8: “Open Week”
Week 9: Child Rights Programming: Case Study
Week 10: Monitoring and Evaluaton
Week 11:Becoming a Child Rights-Focused Organisation

About the instructor: Peter Dixon

instructor photo_Peter DixonPeter Dixon has been an independent consultant and trainer on child rights and child rights programming since 2002 providing support and advice to national and international NGOs, and UN agencies in over 25 countries. Mr. Dixon has conducted numerous workshops on child protection and safeguarding, child rights situations analysis, child rights programming, human rights-based programming, and monitoring children’s rights and has been a lead author and contributor to the development of several internal and interagency child rights programming training and resource tools including Action for the Rights of the Child. From 1994 to 2002 Peter served as Country Programme Director for Save the Children in Sri Lanka and Nepal. He has been a trainer and course instructor for Human Rights Campus since 2008, including for the e-learning courses Child Rights Situation Analysis and Child Safeguarding.

About the instructor: Annabel Trapp

Annabel TrappAnnabel Trapp has over 15 years of international child rights experience in development and humanitarian contexts in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. She has gained in-depth insights into the diverse and changing situations of children from managing, supporting and conducting safe and meaningful (child-led) Child Rights Situation Analyses (CRSAs) in over 18 countries, including Afghanistan; Palestine; Syria, DRC; Uganda, Sri Lanka, Thailand/Myanmar and Pakistan. She has also developed in-depth knowledge of the theory and application of child rights from supporting the application of rights-based principles in many organisational processes and outcomes. To strengthen capacity to apply rights-based approaches, she has co-developed and rolled-out six child rights e-learning courses (child rights-based, non-discrimination, best interests, participation, do no harm, respect and build on strengths) to a network of 60 Oak Foundation grantees, based in Eastern Europe and East Africa. Annabel has been a course instructor for the Human Rights Campus e-learning course Children in War and Armed Conflicts.

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff members of development and children’s rights/social justice organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies like UNICEF. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. It is assumed that applicants are familiar with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and with the basic concepts of programming (e.g. the programme cycle, including: situation analysis, setting priorities, implementation, monitoring and evaluation), and have a basic understanding of good practice in child advocacy or relief and development work. Human Rights Campus aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 555 (after 1 July 2019: € 655); tuition for auditors: € 205 (€ 245 after 1 July 2019). 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.

How to register

Register for this course (page opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that courses generally fill up quickly!

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