Helen Stalford

Professor Helen Stalford is a leading expert on children’s rights. Much of Helen’s work is concerned with facilitating children’s access to and enforcement of their rights, and with monitoring the effects of the law on children’s lives.

She has led projects on behalf of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe to develop children’s rights indicators, and has acted as expert consultant to the Council of Europe, the European Commission and UNICEF on issues relating to child friendly justice, child protection and the children’s rights implications of EU enlargement. In 2016, she was appointed as Special Adviser to the House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee for their inquiry into the UK and EU’s response to the plight of unaccompanied children in the current refugee crisis.


Most recently, Helen has convened two international projects that seek to bring children’s rights theory, principles and methods to bear on legal practice: Children’s Rights Judgments (2015-17, co-led with Prof Kathryn Hollingsworth, University of Newcastle, AHRC-funded) and TALE (2015-2017, with Save the Children in Italy and Romania as well as other children’s rights organisations across Europe, European Commission-funded). Helen provides training to immigration practitioners, using the online tool as a framework for developing good practice.

Elaine is:
  • Co-Investigator on the CCoM project
  • Contributor to Work Package 3undertaking legal and policy analysis of care of and by separated child migrants