Studies and research reports

A future of mess, confusion and complexity?

This chapter uses the momentum of 25 years of the crc to address two interrelated dilemmas at the heart of the current children’s rights debate: (1) the inherent complexity of children’s rights which militates against a shared understanding of social problems and their solutions, and (2) the fragmentation of knowledge, which prevents better outcomes in a society where we are ‘information rich and time poor’. To that end, the chapter initiates a dialogue between two research fields that have so far only seldom been connected – children’s rights and knowledge management (KM). The chapter gives some insights into how our knowledge on children’s rights, and the mechanisms at play around it, could become better equipped to address the mess, confusion and complexity of our present reality. It shows how different knowledge actors in the field of children’s rights could benefit from know-how in the field of KM, while at the same time offer innovative approaches to km on how to give children a meaningful role in such processes As such, the chapter hopes to launch an openended discussion on the challenges and opportunities of connecting both paradigms, as well as to offer a refreshing perspective on conventional ways of understanding children’s rights.

Lembrechts, S. (2016), A Future of Mess, Confusion and Complexity? Linking Children's Rights and Knowledge Management in a Critical Research Agenda beyond 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in: T. Liefaard & J. Sloth-Nielsen (eds.), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - Taking Stock after 25 Years and Looking Ahead, Leiden: Brill, pp. 489-512.

2014 Children’s best interests between theory and practice

The report "Children’s best interests between theory and practice - A discussion of commonly encountered tensions and possible solutions based on international best interests practices and policy strategies since 2004" was drafted for the Flemish Government Division of Youth in the framework of KeKi's role as a policy advisor. The document was used to prepare the conference "Best interests of the Child" in Brussels (9-10 December 2014), which was organised by the Belgian presidency of the Council of Europe to celebrate the Convention on the Rights of the Child's 25th anniversary.

2014 The power of perceptions

Based on the cultivation theory, the current exploratory study examines how media images about youth can affect youth’s self-esteem. Since adolescents find themselves in a crucial phase of identity development, it is hypothesized that they may be vulnerable to the effects of imaging processes brought about by the traditional and digital media. Which images do youth most often see about themselves? Do the images they witness relate to the frequency of their (digital) media use? And, do these images affect their self-esteem? These questions take a central place in the current article.