Children & young people

An example of legal advice : How Sarah* (age 12) was able to continue attending school five days per week

25 August 2022

How do we support children, youth and their caregivers in challenging situations? In the context of our series of posts on legal advice , we examine a specific example of a girl with disabilities whose lesson time had been reduced due to a lack of financial resources.


What gap is closed by an ombuds office for children’s rights?

16 June 2022
Almost two years have gone by since Parliament approved the bill to create an ombuds office for children’s rights. It is now time for the federal administration to act. By passing this legislation, Parliament acknowledged the void that was accurately described in the bill: despite the existence of at least 58 children’s rights organisations including seven cantonal ombuds offices as well as other such facilities at the local level, there remains a need for yet another ombuds office for children’s rights. How is this possible?

Children’s rights for young war refugees

15 June 2022
Media coverage of the war in Ukraine is everywhere. It includes the stories, destinies and traumas of its refugees, many of whom seek shelter with us here in Switzerland. Uprooted from their social and cultural structures and deprived of their livelihoods, refugees arrive in their host countries in a state of acute dependency. As a result, the risk of discrimination or even the criminal exploitation of these victims is indeed tremendous.