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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Professor Jennifer Davidson

Executive Director, Institute for Inspiring Children's Futures, United Kingdom



Jennifer’s interests lie in the relationship between children’s rights and their lived experiences, and in the impact and value of international rights and standards to national and regional practice in public services. The mechanisms to promote meaningful and sustainable impact, from policy into children’s day-to-day lives, are at the heart of her work.

More specifically, Jennifer works to embed children’s human rights into the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, for example as Project Director of 'Justice for Children, Justice for All' project on behalf of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. Jennifer’s leadership of international child rights projects has also driven change for children over many years through the implementation of the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children and in her partnership to establish the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights in Scotland.

During COVID, working in partnership with a wide range of international partners, Jennifer led the international 'COVID 4P Log for Children's Wellbeing' Smartphone App project, to shape policy and practice through a better understanding of practitioners' and policy-makers' experiences and views of children’s rights and wellbeing under COVID, drawn from respondents across 22 countries and 5 continents.

Jennifer's international experience is drawn from her work in several countries, where has held leadership positions in child and youth care, social work and professional education. Jennifer has served on national and international committees related to children’s rights and public services.




International children's rights
Alternative care systems and international care reform
Child welfare, child protection and child and youth care
Government policy-making
Public services leadership
Workforce development
Systems change
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