As the focus of this year’s Conference of States Parties is “Implementing the 2030 Development Agenda for All Persons with Disabilities: Leaving No One Behind”, this side event will look at the need to develop national and international methodologies to count children with disabilities living outside of households, as well as the role that national level indicators and disaggregated data collection will play in ensuring that the rights of children and adults living in institutions or otherwise outside of households are met.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities affirms that all persons with disabilities have the right to live the in the community and right to a family life. Children with disabilities whose immediate family are unable to care for them should be provided with the opportunity to be cared for by their extended family or in a family-based setting in the community. Furthermore, under the Convention on the Rights of the Child every child has the right to be cared for by their parents and to be protected from abuse and neglect. Despite these provisions, a significant number of children with disabilities worldwide continue to live in residential institutions. Despite the CPRD stressing the obligation on States to protect children with disabilities from any form of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and exploitation, violence and abuse - the institutionalisation of children with disabilities continues to cause irreversible harm.
The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework which can help achieve many targets linked to health, nutrition, education, and protection from violence, exploitation and abuse for children with disabilities. However, there are some fundamental challenges which need to be addressed to ensure that the SDGs will reach all children and marginalised adults.
The side-event will aim to influence ongoing debates in relation to counting children outside family care, disaggregation of data by disability and care status, and the forthcoming UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
This event is hosted by: The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations
And co-sponsored by: the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and Lumos
The agenda and event flyer are available to download below: