Child's best interests

The ‘best interests of the child’ is one of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). How can these interests be defined? How can one decide what is in the best interests of individual children? And are these interests different from the interests of other people, including adults and other children? These questions are the core of KeKi’s thematic work around the best interests of the child.

The Flemish government commissioned a study on existing good practices and research and professional settings on how to operationalise the child’s best interests principle. KeKi’s research report and policy advise on the matter were used to inspire the programme of the European Conference on the child’s best interests, organised by the Belgian, Walloon and Flemish governments for the 25th anniversary of the CRC.

Research

van Hooijdonk E. (2015), Children's best interests between theory & practice - Discussing a report by the Children's Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi), A contribution to the publication of the congress, Ghent: Children's Knowledge Centre. (summary)

Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (2014), Children’s best interests between theory & practice - A discussion of commonly encountered tensions and possible solutions based on international best interests practices and policy strategies since 2004, Ghent: Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi). (report)

Policy advice

Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (2014), Children’s best interests between theory & practice - A discussion of commonly encountered tensions and possible solutions based on international best interests practices and policy strategies since 2004, Ghent: Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi). (advise)