Children’s rights in theory and practice


ChildRightsFocus
is the website of dr. Philip E. Veerman, children’s rights expert. On this website you will find articles and publications by Dr. Philip E. Veerman about children’s rights and announcements of symposia and conferences in the field of (international) children’s rights.

Defending children’s rights

Defending children’s rights

Philip Veerman’s blog in The Israel Times – In 1988 I founded the Israeli-Section of Defence for Children International (DCI) and struggled 17 years to get funding and run the organisation. We successfully lobbied for Israel’s signing and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. After ratification in 1991 we started to monitor its implementation.

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“Nitrous oxide is not for laughing”

“Nitrous oxide is not for laughing”

The lack of enforcement of the Hague ban on nitrous oxide contributes to making young people think more easily about drug use, says health care psychologist Philip Veerman in his opinion piece in The Hague Central. The developments around nitrous oxide have been rapid...

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Older article suddenly up to date

Older article suddenly up to date

Sometimes old articles I wrote are suddenly again up to date. An example is my article from 1990 in the Jerusalem Post. In 1990 I was lobbying that Israel would ratify the Hague Child Abduction Convention. The article helped. In May 1991 I was invited by Uzi Landau,...

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Support for young carers in The Hague

Support for young carers in The Hague

A forgotten group of young people is supported by the Project 'Young carers' in The Hague. Gz psychologist Philip Veerman talks to one of these young people in 'Den Haag Centraal' and describes why more attention for this group is important. Andjenie says that she is...

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Minister for children badly needed

Minister for children badly needed

Abuses (such as children waiting too long for help) must be resolved. The mammoth tanker 'Decentralization' needs to change course and a special minister should lead that process, says Philip Veerman in his opinion piece in Den Haag Centraal. Informator Herman Tjeenk...

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Minister for children! Sign the petition

Minister for children! Sign the petition

We organize our society in such a way that a quarter of a million children live in poverty, that children in psychological distress, children who are suicidal are on waiting lists, that a large number of children are neglected, maltreated and abused, that there are...

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Foto: Pauline van de Stadt

Philip Edmond Veerman (Amsterdam28 juni 1948) is an expert in children’s rights, health-psychology and (special) education. He initiated several new child welfare organisations in the Netherlands and developed international children’s rights initiatives. For his 40 years of efforts to promote children’s rights he was given a Royal distinction, when in 2015 he became Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Read more >