The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was agreed in 1989 and has been ratified by all European countries. Despite the commitment and intentions from state parties in Europe and different efforts from civil society, it has become evident that professional human resources dedicated to the development and promotion of children’s rights requires specialised education.Higher university programmes are needed that promote:
- Adult attitudes that recognize children as subjects of rights
- Professional ethics that respect children as competent subjects
- Children’s rights to resources and participation in decision-making
The European Network of Masters on Children's Rights was founded in September 2004 in Berlin.
The initiative to create ENMCR came from the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean of Save the Children Sweden (SCS) and individuals in Europe devoted to the promotion and realisation of children's rights.
ENMCR cooperates with the Latin American Network of Masters on Children’s Rights, a network of six universities that offer MA study programmes on childhood studies and children's rights in five Latin American countries.
The network aims to
- foster cooperation
- produce innovative knowledge
- promote learning between advanced programmes on children’s rights across European Universities.
The network brings together academics, researchers, NGOs, public agencies and students.
- Developing common resources such as virtual exchange, funding and scholarships, conferences and seminars
- Exchanging experiences in teaching and curriculum development
- Raising the profile of the field through disseminating information
- Staff and student exchange
- Exploring common research areas and developing joint student projects
- Cooperating with other networks
- Organisation of workshops, seminars, conferences.
- Conference Report: "Focus on Children in Migration- from a method and research perspective", Warsaw, 20-21 March 2007 (pdf 585 KB). Organised jointly with Save the Children, Sweden and the Separated Children in Europe Programme.