The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Conference

9am - 4pm
Future Inn, Cardiff Bay
Information taken from the Cardiff University Law web page: Disabled Children & the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities A National Conference promoted by the Centre for Health and Social Care Law at the Cardiff Law School with sponsorship from Cerebra. A ‘practical’ conference – that seeks to explain (in relation to the rights of disabled children) what the Convention says: what its impact is likely to be; and how its provisions can be used to produce practical results. The Conference will open with a videoed introduction from Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group at the Westminster Parliament. Specialist contributions will include a presentation by Professor Janet Read and Dr Clare Blackburn on their research concerning the links between social disadvantage and chronic disabling conditions in children. Professor Luke Clements will provide an overview of the key Convention provisions and their potential ‘domestic’ impact. He will consider what has been termed the ‘inclusion conundrum’:– whether the Convention should be implemented by child specific or disability specific legislation? Camilla Parker’s presentation will review the extent to which the law recognises the rights of children to make decisions and how the Convention will affect the current approach by domestic courts. Dr Jane Williams of Swansea University will consider the parallel provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as they apply to disabled children and (using as an example the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011) will consider how the Disability Convention can be given force in domestic legislation. Madeleine Starr MBE of Carers UK will conclude the afternoon session by considering the associative impact of childhood disability on their carers: the gendered nature of this care and the requirements that the Convention places on states to provide support for those caring for disabled children. The Conference provides an opportunity for discussion, and debate and will be of especial relevance to those with a special interest in childhood disability be they service users, advocates, health and social care practitioners, lawyers, researchers, independent sector service providers and policy activists. If you'd like to come along you can sign up by getting in touch with Croeso Events by email click here or on 07891 452260. Places are £110. Cerebra has funded a number of reduced price places for voluntary sector organisations - details on application.
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