The proposed project will examine empirically to what extent the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is considered to be relevant in democratic assemblies and legal regulations, if it corresponds to the nature of trust people have in child protection services, and if it can be traced through professional practices.
The project aims to develop a comprehensive expression and conceptualization of the protection of the child according to the CRC, and will focus upon the right of non-discrimination, best interests of the child, participation and family-life. These four rights will be used as a lever to answer the two following questions:
(1) What does the individual child’s cosmopolitan citizenship entail according to the corerights? and
(2) What does successful protection of children entail, provided the child’s cosmopolitan citizenship?
Each work package will do research upon most of the other research-areas of the call as well. Thus, one of the main goals is to assess the effects of child protection crises on participative democracy. Moreover, migration is a test-case for cosmopolitan child citizenship, and will be answered across all work packages. The same goes for how minorities, such as Roma and Sami, become treated by child protection services.