Underpinning all of our work and practice at Children on the Edge is a commitment to fulfilling the rights of every child.These rights are enshrined in the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child and guide our approach to improving the lives of forgotten children.
Our director Rachel Bentley does occasional consultancy work for UN agencies in the area of children's rights. She has an MSc in Development Management, a Masters of Advanced Studies (MCR) in Children's Rights and has recently contributed to a new UNICEF research paper by Nigel Cantwell entitled ‘The Best Interests of the Child in Intercountry Adoption’.
Many of the foundations of this study were built up through an expert consultation, research carried out and texts compiled during the period 2008–2012. Along with Dr Dawn Watkins who is currently based at Leicester University, Rachel played a key role in teasing out some of the main issues from a vast array of detailed material. The combined results of all these efforts are reflected at various points of the present publication, particularly in many parts of Chapter 4.
As a team we are continually looking to stretch and evolve our involvement in upholding children’s rights. This is reflected through our projects ‘on the ground’, through academic research and where appropriate, through targeted advocacy. Watch this space as we explore further what this means for the children we work with and their communities.