The research project will investigate whether children with disabilities have their fundamental rights safeguarded in encounters with the health and care service.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was entered into force in Norway in 2003, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was ratified by Norway in 2013. The laws set out the basic protections that all individuals, including children with disabilities, are entitled to. The best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration and children have the right to be heard and to have a say in all decisions affecting them, in accordance with their age and maturity.
In the project, we ask: Do children with disabilities have their fundamental rights safeguarded in encounters with the health and care service?
To examine this question, we interview professionals in the health and care service and conduct a survey among parents of children with disabilities. We will also conduct a focus group interview with young people with disabilities.
An important objective is to provide knowledge that the authorities may use to assess whether measures aimed at the health and care service are necessary to strengthen the care for of all children's rights.
The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir) funds the project. The project period is from October 2020 to June 2021.
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