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Documents of the World Council of Churches related to children's rights
Title document_owner EffectiveDate Description
Churches Commitments to Children - Cover letter by the WCC general secretary General Secretary 11 October 2017 Cover letter by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary to the "Churches Commitments to Children"
Engaging children/youth in the implementation of the Churches’ Commitments To Children WCC Programmes 27 June 2017 Collaboration with Children and Adolescents in the Implementation of “CHURCHES’ COMMITMENTS TO CHILDREN”: Suggestions, Background materials, and Templates for consultations
Resources and tools available for the implementation of Churches’ Commitments to Children WCC Programmes 21 June 2017 Resources and tools available for the implementation of Churches’ Commitments to Children
Ending domestic abuse: A Pack for Churches WCC Programmes 04 April 2017 Resources for churches by Restored international Christian alliance, "Ending domestic abuse: A Pack for Churches"
Churches’ Commitments to Children WCC Programmes 22 February 2017 “Churches’ Commitments to Children” is an open invitation to the WCC member churches and partners to address the needs of children as an integral part of the ecumenical commitment to the pilgrimage of justice and peace.
Child Friendly Church Award (UK) Feedback card for children WCC Programmes 13 January 2017 Child Friendly Church Award (UK) Feedback card for children
Child Friendly Church Award (UK) Application Pack WCC Programmes 13 January 2017 Child Friendly Church Award (UK) resource to enable, equip and support your ministry to children and families, helping to respond effectively to the call of God, to encourage children to discover Jesus and become His followers today.
The Child-Sensitive Reporting Mechanisms toolkit “Speak Out – Be Protected!” WCC Programmes 13 January 2017 The Child-Sensitive Reporting Mechanisms toolkit “Speak Out – Be Protected!” identifies simple and user-friendly processes through which children and their families can raise child protection concerns and report to the respective child protective agencies and institutions.
Call to Action from Faith Communities Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 07 June 2016 At an interfaith prayer service on the eve of a UN High Level Meeting on AIDS, people from diverse faith communities issued a call to action to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Biblical Reflection on Child Rights WCC Programmes 03 June 2016 This biblical reflection by Tiffany Tao and Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett (World Vision Child Development and Rights) examines child rights from a Christian perspective, using the Exodus story of God’s people in Egypt.
The Draft ”Principles for Child-Friendly Churches” - Explained to 11 to 18-year-old Children and Adolescents WCC Programmes 31 March 2016 The Draft "Principles for Child-Friendly Churches" are now available in two child-friendly versions. One explains the principles to children under ten years of age, while the other explains it to children over ten years of age.
The Draft ”Principles for Child-Friendly Churches” - Explained to 0 to 10-year-old Children WCC Programmes 31 March 2016 The Draft "Principles for Child-Friendly Churches" are now available in two child-friendly versions. One explains the principles to children under ten years of age, while the other explains it to children over ten years of age.
Principles for child-friendly churches - Guide for consultations with children and adolescents on the draft WCC Programmes 23 March 2016 In line with the WCC-UNICEF partnership and the commitment to support children through churches, a guide for consultations with children and adolescents is now available.
Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis WCC Programmes 20 January 2016 Statement from the WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe.
Opening of WCC/UN Conference on Refugee Crisis General Secretary 18 January 2016 Opening remarks from the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
Child-friendly Version CRC General Comment Right to Health WCC Programmes 01 January 2016 The goal of this workbook is not to but to be an interactive tool through which children can be guided in their discussions prior to embarking on advocacy initiatives.
Child-friendly Version CRC General Comment Freedom from Violence WCC Programmes 01 January 2016 A workbook for children, young people and adults based upon General Comment No. 13 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence.
16 Days of Activism Campaign WCC Programmes 01 November 2015 The 16 Days begin on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 10 December, Human Rights Day.
I am here, I belong WCC Programmes 01 November 2015 Stateless children are born into a world in which they will face a lifetime of discrimination; their status profoundly affects their ability to learn and grow, and to fulfil their ambitions and dreams for the future.
Girls in School, Girls with Dignity. Our commitment during the 16 Days and beyond Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 01 November 2015 For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, a faith-based coalition joined together to focus on ending violence against girls and young women in education, confident that all activism promoting equal and respectful relationship is good news, all year round, wherever and whoever we are.
Channels of Hope - impact case study WCC Programmes 06 October 2015 Learning from the implementation of Channels of Hope for Child Protection in Malawi.
Learning from the Implementation of Channels of Hope for Child Protection in Malawi WCC Programmes 01 September 2015 CoH CP is a World Vision project model that motivates and builds capacity in faith leaders and faith communities to engage with key child protection issues.
Overview on UN human rights mechanisms which can be used by churches WCC Programmes 01 August 2015 Through a mechanism called the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council reviews, on a periodic basis, the fulfilment by each of the 193 United Nations Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments.
Symposium: Growing up in Conflict WCC Programmes 26 May 2015 Introductory brochure for the Symposium, Growing up in Conflict: The impact on children’s mental health and well-being, convened by UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands, on 26-28 May 2015 in The Hague.
Child Safeguarding Policy and Child Safeguarding Guidance WCC Programmes 01 May 2015 This policy applies to all ACT Alliance members. The Principles cover the minimum standards the ACT Alliance expects all members to comply with when developing a policy.
Climate Change - The policy of the national investing bodies of the Church of England WCC Programmes 30 April 2015 The central conclusions of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, published in 2013-2014, are that climate change is occurring and that human activity, particularly through the emission of carbon dioxide, is very likely to be the dominant cause.
How to submit an alternative report to the UNCRC WCC Programmes 04 February 2015 Every year the Geneva-based UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reviews the situation of children in different countries. WCC member churches and partners are invited to consider submitting alternative reports with their observations from the ground.
Why Sustainable Energy Matters to Children WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 Access to energy is strongly associated with human and economic development and plays a key role in poverty reduction.
UNICEF Messages on Climate Change and Children WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 Climate change has been identified as the defining issue of our time. What does this mean for the children in our world?
Toward Universal Birth Registration - A systematic approach to the application of ICT WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 The objective of this publication is to analyze the legal, administrative, and technological requirements for the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for birth registration.
Petit Guide Solidaire WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 This guide book was developed by Coordination Asile.Ge together with groups working on asylum issues in Geneva and the region. It lists ideas how individuals can help the refugees.
The Children's Good Treatment Campaign WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 Promote lasting change for children by training and engaging adults and children.
Doorsteps Report Other ecumenical bodies 01 January 2015 A Christian response to children and vulnerable families in Oxfordshire, UK, published by the registered charity Viva.
Ending Corporal Punishment of Children – a handbook for worship and gathering WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 This Study looked in detail at the following settings where violence against children occurs: • the home and family • schools and educational settings • care and justice settings • work settings • the community
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence WCC Programmes 01 January 2015 We have joined together as a faith-based coalition to focus on ending violence against girls and young women in education.
Growing Up in Conflict WCC Programmes 31 December 2014 Securing Children’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing in the Context of Escalating Conflicts around the World.
Speech for the ACT Alliance Assembly 2014 General Secretary 22 October 2014 WCC general secretray's speech for the ACT Alliance Assembly held from 21-24 October 2014 in Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic.
International safeguards for children in sports WCC Programmes 01 October 2014 Children have the right to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Ending Violence Against Children: six strategies for action WCC Programmes 01 September 2014 This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.
Ecumenical Conversations Report Assembly 10 February 2014 Reports, Affirmations and Challenges from the Ecumenical Conversations at the WCC 10th Assembly
Hidden In Plain Sight: Executive Summary WCC Programmes 01 January 2014 A statistical analysis of violence against children, published by UNICEF.
Birth Registration in Emergencies WCC Programmes 01 January 2014 This report brings together the findings of a literature review on birth registration in emergencies, Plan’s own experiences, and experiences from other agencies.
Creating Safe Environments for Children. A Toolkit for Safeguarding Children and Protecting them from Harm WCC Programmes 01 January 2014 A Toolkit for safeguarding children and protecting them from harm.
Child Safeguarding Standards and How to Implement Them WCC Programmes 01 January 2014 A guide designed to assist organizations to meet their responsibilities for safeguarding children, published by the registered charity Keeping Children Safe.
Developing and Implementing an Internal Child Protection Policy WCC Programmes 01 January 2014 A guide for organizations working with children, published by the International Catholic Child Bureau, BICE.
Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration WCC Programmes 01 December 2013 This UNICEF publication presents the latest available data on the extent of unregistered children and assesses progress to date in increasing birth registration rates worldwide.
A Passport to Protection - A guide to birth registration programming WCC Programmes 01 December 2013 Registering a child’s birth is a critical first step towards safeguarding lifelong protection. Promoting children’s right to birth registration falls clearly within UNICEF’s mandate.
The Crossroads of Child Protection and Education in Peacebuilding WCC Programmes 01 December 2013 This study aims to document promising practices on child protection and peacebuilding and on how child protection programming contributes to peacebuilding and education initiatives.
Climate Change - Children’s challenge WCC Programmes 01 January 2013 The cost of inaction will place a great economic burden on future generations. Children will bear the higher costs of not taking action today. Published by UNICEF.
Child Friendly Churches Aims WCC Programmes 01 January 2013 Aims to empower local churches to transform their local congregations and communities in favour of children.
Child Friendly Churches WCC Programmes 01 January 2013 Child Friendly Churches is a strategy to empower local churches to transform their local congregations and communities in favour of children.
Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action WCC Programmes 01 September 2012 This is the summary version of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) handbook. All of the principles and standards in this version are hyper-linked to the original handbook.
Channels of Hope for Child Protection WCC Programmes 01 January 2012 CoH CP relies on Scripture-based guiding principles, interactive activities and scientific information. It builds on the desire of faith leaders and communities to be better parents within their own families.
Good Practices Series: Massa-Massar, the Journey WCC Programmes 31 December 2011 Programmes on interfaith learning are important in Israel because they fill a gap in the educational system. Published in part by Arigatou Foundation.
Ending Corporal Punishment of Children- a handbook for working with and within religious communities WCC Programmes 01 May 2011 The handbook refers to examples of religious texts which have been used to justify corporal punishment, but a detailed, scholarly commentary on the different scriptures and religious texts relating to corporal punishment is beyond its scope.
How to Defend Child Rights Affected by Climate Change WCC Programmes 01 January 2011 This education pack is a teacher’s and/or (peer) facilitator’s guide for in-school and extracurricular exploration and action activities in industrialized countries on the issue of climate change and its impact on child rights.
Developing Child Friendly Churches Resource Pack WCC Programmes 01 January 2011 Keeping children safe. A Quality Improvement System for Child Protection.
Every Child’s Right to Be Heard WCC Programmes 01 January 2011 This resource guide by Gerison Lansdown is based on and elaborates the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child General Comment No. 12, ‘The Right of the Child to be heard’. Published by Save the Children UK on behalf of Save the Children and UNICEF.
Inter-faith Initiative to End Violence Against Children in Swaziland WCC Programmes 19 November 2010 Members of 8 faith organisations met to discuss the role of religious organisations in the national response to violence against children.
Children and Truth Commissions WCC Programmes 01 August 2010 This study, prepared by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in cooperation with the International Center for Transitional Justice, concerns the engagement of both younger children and adolescents with truth commissions and how they have focused on and involved children in their activities.
From Commitment to Action WCC Programmes 01 February 2010 "Religions for Peace", UNICEF, religious leaders and child protection specialists developed this guide as a tool to support religious' communities work to promote child rights and prevent violence against children.
Child Disciplinary Practices at Home WCC Programmes 01 January 2010 This report analyses findings on child discipline from 35 MICS and DHS surveys conducted in low- and middle-income countries in 2005 and 2006.
Child Friendly Schools Manual WCC Programmes 01 March 2009 The Child-Friendly Schools Manual was developed during three-and-a-half years of continuous work, involving UNICEF education staff and specialists from partner agencies working on quality education.
Stand Up for Children’s Rights WCC Programmes 01 January 2009 A teacher's guide for exploration and action with 11-16 year olds.
Climate Change: Take Action Now! WCC Programmes 01 January 2009 A guide published by the Alliance of Youth CEOs and UNICEF together with UN and NGO partners to support local actions of children and young people, with special emphasis on girls and young women and guidance on child participation.
ABC for Action and Advocacy - A note on universal birth registration WCC Programmes 01 January 2008 This informational Note for Action and Advocacy was written to support religious communities that wish to work with other sectors of society in promoting Universal Birth Registration.
Learning To Live Together WCC Programmes 01 January 2008 An Intercultural and Interfaith Programme for Ethics Information. Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children, Global Networks of Religions for Children, Arigatou Foundation.
Viva_Programme_Portfolio WCC Programmes 01 January 2007 Tools to engage and equip people and civil society to help children.
The 10 Steps to a Child Safe Organization WCC Programmes 01 January 2007 A Handbook on Child Safety in organisations in Cambodia that will either get you started or enhance your existing child safe practices. Published by Save the Children Australia, Child Wise, and World Vision
Child participation reference guide WCC Programmes 01 January 2007 An introduction to child participation, published by World Vision.
Report on Public Issues Central Committee 06 September 2006 Statement on plight of children in conflicts with focus on Northern Uganda; Statement on Just Trade; Statement on churches' compassionate response to HIV and AIDS;
Children and armed conflict General Secretary 13 July 2006 Message by WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia
Child Safe Organisation Toolkit, ECPAT WCC Programmes 01 July 2006 A practical child protection resource for grassroots organisations.
Self study manual, ECPAT WCC Programmes 01 June 2006 A practical child protection resource for grassroots organizations.
Saving God's children from the scourge of war Assembly 18 February 2006 Plenary on youth overcoming violence: Presentation by Olara A. Otunnu, president of the LBL Foundation for Children and former UN under-secretary-general and special representative for children and armed conflict.
Changing social and economic context (Ecumenical conversations) Assembly 16 February 2006 "Changing social and economic context" : Poverty threatens life and human dignity. It is not a destiny, but the very result of the methods and structures of wealth creation and distribution of wealth in individual societies and worldwide. Inequality increases not by accident, but by the way economic and political processes are structured and function. Poverty undermines the very basis of life of billions of children, women and men who are denied not only the benefits of growing wealth, but even of access to basic necessities of life.
International Labour Organization Assembly 14 February 2006 Intervention by Juan Somavia, director-general of the Internationa Labour Organization (ILO), during the Assembly Plenary on economic justice
Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Executive committee 16 September 2005
Self-Assessment Tool:Guidelines on Child Participation WCC Programmes 01 January 2004 A companion tool to the WV Guidelines on Child Participation that is designed to help staff assess and improve the quality of child participation within their NO, ADP, or project area
Child Protection Protocols for Churches in Barbados WCC Programmes 01 September 2003 Child protection : “measures and structures to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence affecting children.”
Bible studies : Children of promise, World Vision WCC Programmes 01 January 2003 You can use these studies as written, read through prayerfully, or as group process (lectio) or Lumko Institute's "Seven steps".
Protecting Children, a biblical perspective on child rights, World Vision WCC Programmes 01 January 2002 World Vision is determined to bring a Christian response to the needs of children suffering exploitation, abuse, violence, and trauma.
Statement presented to the media by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on behalf of the Ecumenical Caucus Wider ecumenical movement (incl WCC) 05 September 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, Durban, South Africa, 26 August - 7 September 2001
Statement on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Central Committee 19 September 1997 Adopted by the Central Committee, Geneva, 11-19 September 1997.
Report of the Unit IV Committee to Central Committee Central Committee 20 September 1996 The Unit IV Committee recognizes that diakonia, martyria and koinonia are essential elements of the central mission of the church. Koinonia without diakonia is dead. Sharing and service as practical actions are at the heart of our fellowship and are a source of our unity.
Call to churches to defend and protect children Central Committee 20 September 1996 Decision of the Central Committee, Geneva, 12-20 September 1996.
We can help each other WCC Programmes 10 August 1996 Based on discussions at the World Council of Churches consultation on children, 19-21 May 1996.