The IAC’s The IAC’s main objective is to contribute the Integral Development of Children in the Defense and Promotion of their Rights, with the Child being seen as a full person, subject of rights in different areas, namely in health, education, justice, social security or their free times.
The IAC’s Action
In compliance with its Statutes, it develops multiple activities and programmes aiming, in addition to giving voice to the Child and obtaining new answers to childhood problems, defending their rights before the family, institutions and the community, carrying out information and awareness programmes, supports and collaborates in innovative experiences and research aimed at the global development of children and young people and their interaction with the environment and promotes studies, seminars, colloquia, training actions and other initiatives that allow debate and reflection on the problems of childhood in today’s society.
Public Acknowledgement of the Implemented Action
Honorary Member of the Order of Merit
President of the Republic
Human Rights Award
Distinguished Service Medal Grade "Gold
Ministry of Health
Ângelo d'Almeida Ribeiro Human Rights Award
Portuguese Bar Association
Since March 1983, Instituto de Apoio à Criança has been making efforts to support and disseminate the work of all those concerned with the search for new answers to the problems of childhood in Portugal, acting as a promoter and defender of Children’s Rights, with different entities, institutions and the community in general.
As stated by Dr. Maria Emília Brederode Santos:
“The IAC has had a complementary role in relation to insufficiencies – either in studies or in action – demonstrated by state institutions and a pioneering role in detecting new needs, new risks and new problems and in organizing new responses”.