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Dr Tara Collins


Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, School of Child and Youth Care, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada; & Honorary Associate Professor, Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa



Tara Collins has a Ph.D. from the University of London and has worked on international human rights since 1996. Her professional experience includes work for: universities in Canada, South Africa, Brazil, and Ireland; Canadian federal government (Department of Foreign Affairs and CIDA) and Parliament; and a national non-governmental organization. Research interests include child and youth participation, child protection, business, general measures of implementation, monitoring, and rights-based approaches. She serves as the Project Director for the International & Canadian Child Rights Partnership (ICCRP):



Jamieson, J., Rizzini, I., Collins, T.M. & Wright, L.H.V. (2022). International perspectives on the participation of children and young people in the Global South, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal,

Collins, T., Rizzini, I. & Mayhew, A. (2021), Fostering global dialogue: Conceptualisations of children's rights to participation and protection, Children & Society, 35(2): 295-310.

Collins, T.M., Sinclair, L., Zufelt, V. (2021). Children’s Rights to Participation and Protection: Examining Child and Youth Care College Curricula in Ontario, Child & Youth Services, 42:3, 268-297, DOI: 10.1080/0145935X.2020.1790352

Collins, T.M., Jamieson, L., Wright, L.H.V., Rizzini, I., Mayhew, A., Narang, J., Tisdall, E.K.M., Ruiz-Casares, M. (2020). Involving child and youth advisors in academic research about child participation: The Child and Youth Advisory Committees of the International and Canadian Child Rights Partnership, Children and Youth Services Review, 109, Article 104569, 1-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104569

Collins, T.M. (2019). The general measures of implementation: opportunities for progress with children’s rights, International Journal of Human Rights, 23(3): 338-356.

Collins, T.M. (2017). A child’s right to participate: Implications for international child protection, International Journal of Human Rights, 21(1), 14-46, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2016.1248122.

Collins, T.M., & Paré, M. (2016). A Child Rights-based Approach to Anti-Violence Efforts in Schools, International Journal of Children’s Rights 24(4), 764-802, doi 10.1163/15718182-02404005.


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