Recent Initiatives

Official Statement of the NGO Committee on UNICEF Endorsed by CWLC

While some progress has been made since the 2002 UN Special Session on Children, some significant gaps remain in achieving the plan of action outlined in A World Fit for Children. The themes were identified by the NGO Committee on UNICEF and other NGOs as needing significantly greater attention by Member States as they reaffirm their commitments of 2002.

Themes include:

  • gap between legislation and enforcement of children's rights
  • violence against children
  • promote children’s meaningful participation in all levels of society, as appropriate
  • support to families' care of children, including all forms of family, including community-based and kinship care

The full official statement can be downloaded here or you can visit NGO Committee on UNICEF's website for more information.

CWLC Joins International Call for Action to End Violence Against Children

CWLC is a signatory of the petition calling for an end to violence against children and for all countries to fully implement the recommendations from the UN Study on Violence against Children. The Study exposes the shocking scope of violence against children and documents its devastating effects on children, their families, their communities, and broader society. The Study clearly establishes the urgent need for immediate action to prevent and respond to violence against children in all of its forms.

Local, national, regional, and international non- governmental organisations from every part of the world are calling on each UN member state to fully implement the Study's important recommendations. Having carefully considered alternative ways of ensuring global leadership on this issue, they also call on member states to act at the 2007 UN General Assembly to establish a Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Violence against Children to work with the UN system, member states, NGOs, children and youth as a high-level and high- profile advocate to ensure concrete action to end violence against children in all parts of the world.
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Third Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention 2007

Hosted by the Violence Reduction Unit at the Scottish Police College located at Tullialian Castle in Scotland, Milestones 2007 convened 200 of the world's leading violence prevention researchers, practitioners and advocates. The theme of the meeting Scaling Up speaks to the fact that more and more countries are taking action on the basis that violence can be prevented.

Gordon Phaneuf, CWLC Director of Strategic Initiatives, led a plenary session, entitled The Roots of Empathy and Primary Prevention, with Mary Gordon, President of Roots of Empathy, a Canadian non-governmental organization, as speaker and Hon. Paddy Tomkins, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector Constabulary for Scotland, as discussant. Gordon also co-led two workshops on Moving from Policy to Practice with Dr Ricardo Fogo of the Scottish Executive.

Milestones 2007 was the third in a series of meetings marking the anniversary of the launch of the landmark World Report on Violence and Health released by WHO in 2002. The meetings provided an opportunity for countries to showcase their take up of the Report's recommendations. This third in the series also served as a platform for discussing scaled-up country-level implementation of these recommendations, and efforts to measure effectiveness using the outcomes that really matter, such as rates for violence-related deaths, non-fatal injuries and other violence-related health conditions.

Download the Policy to Practice presentation here.
Download the Third Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Report 2007 - Scaling Up presentation here.

Healthy Children and Youth Roundtable

On March 20, 2007, Peter Dudding participated in a round table discussion with Health Canada's Advisor on Healty Children and Youth, Dr Khristinn Kellie Leitch. In her role, Dr. Leitch has been asked to determine how the federal Health Portfolio can best contribute to enhancing the health of children and youth. As part of this work, Dr. Leitch will review the current activities and programs delivered by the Health Portfolio, such as Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, with a view to assessing what should be maintained or created to effectively contribute to healthy living outcomes for children and youth. Further details on Dr. Leitch and her mandate can be found on Health Canada’s website.

In order to carry out her mandate, Dr. Leitch intends to meet with a wide range of stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, provincial and territorial governments and individuals and groups who benefit from children’s programs and activities.  In particular, she is interested in looking at healthy lifestyle issues, safety and prevention (ie. injury prevention, immunization), and diseases affecting children and youth. We are pleased to make available the information presented by CWLC during this roundtable.
Discussion Points

Supplementary Information

When Kids Flourish.... Crime Doesn't

Peter Dudding, Executive Director, attended the Strengthening Canadian Communities: A National Showcase on Community Safety, Health and Well-being in Winnipeg, from March 4 – 6, 2007. This meeting was hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), who has been providing leadership in the development of a “coalition on community health and well-being”. It involves a wide range of organizations including police, health, education and social services, government at all levels, the private school community and university partners. Read the full summary.

From Red Tape to Clear Results: Report of the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel on Grants and Contributions Programs

The report sets out what the Panel heard, what they concluded and what they believe needs to be done to enable these grant and contribution programs to work better for recipients and for Canada. More..

Out of the Shadows At Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada

After a review of Out of the Shadows At Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada, published by the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, CWLC encouraged all of its members to show their support for the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the report by sending a letter to the Prime Minister and Health Minister. The federal government has not yet indicated its plans in moving forward on any of the recommendations outlined by the Senate Committee. Click here to read the letter...

16th International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect

CWLC, represented by Peter Dudding, Executive Director, and Gordon Phaneuf, Director of Strategic Initiatives, is participating at the 16th International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect in York, England. The speed of change in the modern world brings many new challenges for those working to protect children and safeguard their welfare. The title of the Congress, “Children in a Changing World: Getting It Right,” reflects the need to ensure that research, knowledge, policies, the shape of services and practice skills address these challenges and take advantage of the opportunities, as well as recognises the dangers and adverse consequences.

Translating Evidence into Action: Case examples in child welfare is the PowerPoint presentation by Mr Dudding and Mr Phaneuf based on their workshop, which examines, among other things, the nature of the growing evidence base, discusses the strengths and limitations of the current data collection systems and identifies the challenges to be addressed. You can download a copy of the presentation here

UNICEF Canada and CWLC

UNICEF Canada and CWLC are jointly calling upon the federal government to create Canada’s first children’s budget. A letter outlining the proposed initiative was sent on June 29, 2006 to Hon. James M. Flaherty, Minister of Finance. Many countries have adopted “children’s budgets”, and Canada would assume its rightful leadership by doing the same. UNICEF Canada and CWLC are asking for the budget to clearly outline the funds dedicated to services intended for children, as well as the impact of other public expenditures on children (eg. justice, environment, etc). It is hoped that this proposal will provide an accurate appraisal of what impact the federal government’s budget, as well as those of the provincial and territorial governments, will have on the well-being of children. Read the letter 

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