When they are facilitated well, community-led approaches support children's rights and do not cause harm to children.
In the three countries (Sierra Leone, Kenya, and India) where community-led approaches have been tested most systematically, communities all chose actions that were very much in the best interests of children and addressed issues of teenage pregnancy, early sex, and child marriage, respectively.
Skilled facilitators work with an eye toward protecting children's rights, even if they do not specifically refer to “child rights.”
If your organization did have concerns, however, you could simply establish a criterion that all community-led actions must be consistent with children's rights.
Community-led approaches can also be used to change social norms in ways that support children's rights and well-being.
This change from within, which is based in no small part on collective dialogue and critical reflection, is more likely to change harmful traditional practices than a top-down approach could.
Using child rights as a compass
A core principle for any community-led action is to be guided by child rights. Even without explicitly mentioning child rights, well-trained community facilitators can help communities to reflect on various options.