27th September 2000
A Hull lecturer has returned from the home of the League of Nations where he took part in a debate on the treatment of children who are looked after in residential and foster care.
Senior lecturer in social work David Crimmins, a senior lecturer at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, travelled to the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland last week to join a meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Addressed by Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the committee met to come up with recommendations for the further implementation of the U N Convention on the Rights of the Child, which aims to improve treatment of children across the world.
The meeting took place at the Palais Wilson in Geneva which is the original home of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations. It now houses the UN High Commission for Human Rights.
Working groups of 40 members from all over the world looked into issues of the mistreatment, abuse and neglect of children in the care of the state including young offenders.
“The discussion provided a unique opportunity to contribute towards the development of children’s rights across the globe,” said David, who co-wrote a book on residential child care practice earlier this year.”
“I hope that some of the ideas will make a real difference for many children who are not able to live with their families and consequently become the responsibility of the wider society.”
It was as a result of submitting the book ‘Positive Residential Practice’ as evidence to the committee that David and his co-editor Prof John Pitts were invited to Geneva to participate in the debate.