Ombudspersons for children in selected decentralised European States: implementing the CRC in Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom.
|Title||Ombudspersons for children in selected decentralised European States: implementing the CRC in Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Journal||Interdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies|
|Publisher||Padova University Press|
|Place Published||Padova, IT|
|Keywords||children, ombudsperson, regional governments, rights|
Over the last 15 years, the expectation that national human rights institutions will act as links between the national/local level and the international human rights regime to monitor State compliance with international norms has increased. Notwithstanding the important role of children’s Ombudspersons as institutions responsible for promoting and protecting children’s rights, little research has been undertaken on these types of institutions, in particular from a comparative perspective. Thus, through the analysis of the different Ombudsperson offices already established within three decentralised countries with regional autonomies - Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom - this paper aims to study the particular characteristics of these institutions, and to verify how, within these States, regional and national governments implement the related international prescriptions.