Professionals telling the tale

‘Geen Kind aan de Kant’ asked professionals from diverse fields – human rights, psychotrauma – for their opinion on the position of children and youth in family locations. We asked them about the possible consequences for the wellbeing and development of children, and for their recommendations on governmentpolicy.

[unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to translate all the interviews]

Martine Goeman, lawyer and program manager Children’s Rights & Migration at Defence for Children: “three years have passed after the implementation of the Children’s pardon. Every year hundreds of children apply but are not granted a status. That should end.” Lees meer…

“All involved parties should take their responsibility. It would be right to initiate a dialogue between the involved parties, aiming for a structural improvement of the situation.” According to dr. Noelle Aarts, professor Strategic Communication at the UvA and WUR. “Lees meer…

Aart van Norden, clinical psychologist and psychotherapist for (amongst others) traumatized refugees: “When families get arrested after a raid, that is a very terrifying and intense event which is potentially traumatizing for all familymembers. Lees meer…

“The UN-Children’s Rights Convention is crystal clear: the needs of the child have priority.” Interview with Karin Kloosterboer, children’s rights expert at UNICEF Nederland and the chairperson of the working group ‘Kind in AZC’ (Child in Asylum Center) Lees meer…

Else Weijsenfeld-Cerezo, lawyer specialised in socialeconomical- and children’s rights: “People are politicking without regard for very vulnerable children.”  Lees meer…