What is the charm of Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery), the main character in the story "Anne of Green Gables," which is still loved by many people today? It is her ability to open up her life with a lively imagination. And she also has a language of her own. Whether her daily life is in the light or in the dark, she speaks her honest feelings and thoughts in words and communicates them as she livesmain_eng her life.

We want every child to be the leading role in his or her own life. They may express their dreams and hopes, as well as their frustrations and expectations of adults. Above all, we want children in social care to live in their own lives as the leading role in their own lives. Anne of Green Gables' words are made alive and powerful by the presence of good listeners. Just as Anne had listeners by her side, we want to be listeners to children, especially those in social care.

We will never allow adults to make decisions or solve problems without the input of the children. We will be a listener, a microphone, and a voice for children. This type of activity is called Child Advocacy and was born in the UK and Canada. We would like to inform society about children's advocacy, train child-supporting advocates, and send advocates to serve the children. Wmain_enge would like to ask for your support for our Children's Advocacy activities.


The Convention on the Rights of the Child ensures that the child who is capable of forming his or her own views has the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, with the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child. In Japan, the 2016 revision of the Child Welfare Law clearly stipulates respect for the children's views. However, Japan has yet to become a society in which children, as individuals, can participate in matters that affect them and express their views. Children's Advocacy is an activity to listen to children's voices and support them in expressing their views. A child advocate is a person who listens to and supports children. Some children are able to express their views on their own, while others are unable to express their intentions in words. Child Advocates help the child, in accordance with the child's age and development, to express the child’s view, which is their right. The Child Advocates works with the child to think about how to put their view into words, express it, and decide how they want to state it in their own initiative.


Edification Sessions
- We hold study sessions related to child advocacy about 5-6 times a year. Participation is free and open to the public, either by zoom or in person.
-If you have a topic you would like to discuss, please contact us.
Seminar and Colloquium
- To promote and raise awareness of Child Advocacy, we hold workshops and information sessions on Child Advocacy for all concerned parties and organizations who want to hear about child advocacy and learn what it entails.
- In FY2021, we cooperated with the training on "Children's Right to Express Their Views" for the staff of the Child and Family Support Center conducted by Suginami Ward. We can hold visiting and outreach type trainings and explanations.
Child Advocacy Practice
- We will begin activities our Child Advocacy role in fiscal year 2022.
- Details will be reported in columns, FB, Instagram, etc.

*We will not disclose content that involves personal information or identifies individuals or activities.


The Children’s Advocacy Center of TOKYO

5-35-15 Naritahigashi,Suginami-ku,Tokyo 166-0015, Japan
Phone +81-3-5335-7930

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