CEO address United Nations Human Rights Council
The Chief Executive of the national charity Caudwell Children, has visited the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to speak about the rights of disabled children across the world.
Trudi Beswick, who has led the charity since its foundation by John Caudwell in 2000, was invited to attend the 42nd UN Human Rights Council Assembly by the Sikh Human Rights Group (SHRG), a campaign group with special consultative status at the United Nations.
During the visit Mrs Beswick represented both organisations in delivering prepared statements in the iconic Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room in Geneva, which were also live streamed to viewers across the world via the UN’s website.
Trudi commented on the visit: “We have worked closely with Dr Jasdev Singh Rai and the team at the Sikh Human Rights Group to prepare our joint statement for the UN, which highlights the social and human rights inequalities that disabled children often face.
“It has been a fantastic experience and I hope it is just the beginning of our work here at the UN, but more importantly it was an opportunity to highlight the need for a more inclusive and accepting society. Every child, regardless of ability, should be given the same opportunities to flourish.
“At Caudwell Children our aim is to provide the support children and families need to reach their full potential, and if by collaborating to share our approach with states and organisations across the World we can help influence lasting change for disabled people then it is imperative that we make the most of these opportunities.”
Earlier this year the charity officially opened the Caudwell International Children’s Centre at Keele University, the UK’s first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to the assessment, support and research of autism.
Founded and supported by the Staffordshire entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Caudwell, the charity has grown from helping a handful of local children each year to become of the country’s fastest growing children’s charities.
The charity provides practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families including specialist mobility equipment, short breaks, treatments for cerebral palsy and the innovative new Caudwell Children Autism Service.
Within the full statement, entitled ‘See the child, not the disability’, the SHRG praised the work of the charity, stating:
“By continually listening to the needs of a child and their families and giving them a say in what is important to them, Caudwell Children has become a pillar of strength to children and families requiring clearer support pathways, instilling a ‘Whatever it Takes’ commitment to their beneficiaries. A key instigator of ensuring people and organisations collaborate rather than work in silos, Caudwell Children has been able to raise awareness about disability throughout UK society, often challenging the instantaneity in which stereotypes about children with mental health conditions are formed.”
In what is being hailed as a new era for the charity since opening the new centre, Trudi and the team are also increasing the amount of training and education they provide to support organisations helping them become more inclusive and to promote greater understanding of disability.
You can read the full statement here.