Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child for ‘youth’: who and how?

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  • 1 Institute for Foreigners' Law and Anthropology of Law, University of Leuven, Belgium

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From various perspectives, an ambiguous relationship between the Convention on the Rights of the Child and young persons emerges. Given the overlap between the target groups of children’s rights policies and youth policies, the current and potential connections between these two policies are explored, in order to assess whether (further) linking these policies could increase the realization of the rights of young persons. The inquiry is carried out at the international and European level (United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union), on the one hand, and within Flanders (Belgium), on the other. Contrasting results appear, calling for a middle ground in the degree of interconnection between children’s rights policies and youth policies.

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    Until 2004, this was the Minister of Welfare, Health and Equal Opportunities. In 2004, the competency on children’s rights policy was transferred from the policy domain of Family and Societal Welfare to the policy domain of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media (Reynaert, 2005, p. 113).

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    In 2006, this was the Minister of Culture, Youth, Sports and Brussels. Since 2009, the Minister of Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels is the coordinating minister for children’s rights.

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