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Children's Rights

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A marked change in traditional thinking about children and childhood was promoted by the adoption by the United Nations (in 1989) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the early 90s sociologists in the United States and the UK developed Childhood Studies to promote a holistic view of children's lives, recognition of their competence and agency, and the impact and value of their everyday experiences. As a result of this impetus, different thinking has emerged about the role and recognition of children, the institutions of childhood, and the way we view and treat children in modern societies. This book focuses on research emerging from Children's Rights and Childhood Studies thinking, which has important implications for developing policies and practices to improve children's well being and rights. The author presents the implications of children's rights for six contexts of children's everyday lives: families; early childhood education; schooling; child protection services; health services; and employment.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Abstract
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. 1 Children's Rights—History and Background
    1. 1.1 Brief History of Children’s Rights and the Emergence of the UNCRC
    2. 1.2 The Nature and Purpose of the UNCRC
    3. 1.3 Criticisms of the UNCRC
    4. 1.4 Other Theoretical Links
    5. 1.5 Summary
  10. 2 Children’s Rights Within Families
    1. 2.1 The Child Within the Family Within Society
    2. 2.2 Family Diversity
    3. 2.3 Children’s Perspectives on Their Families
    4. 2.4 Family Discipline and Its Impact on Children’s Rights
    5. 2.5 Children’s Rights to an Adequate Standard of Living
    6. 2.6 Children’s Rights When Their Families Change
    7. 2.7 Summary
  11. 3 Children’s Rights Within Early Childhood Education and Care
    1. 3.1 The Lasting Influence of ECE
    2. 3.2 Curriculum Models That Support Children’s Rights
    3. 3.3 Structural and Process Components of Quality
    4. 3.4 Quality from Children’s Perspectives
    5. 3.5 Nondiscrimination in ECE Settings
    6. 3.6 Summary
  12. 4 Children’s Rights in School
    1. 4.1 Access to School
    2. 4.2 Protecting Children from Violence at School
    3. 4.3 Exclusion from School
    4. 4.4 Discrimination at School
    5. 4.5 Participation Rights at School
    6. 4.6 Summary
  13. 5 Children’s Rights in Child Protection Systems
    1. 5.1 Discourses of Risk and Vulnerability
    2. 5.2 Child Protection Systems
    3. 5.3 Children in State Care
    4. 5.4 Birth Families
    5. 5.5 The Perspectives of Children in Care
    6. 5.6 Preventative Approaches
    7. 5.7 Summary
  14. 6 Children’s Rights to Health
    1. 6.1 Infant and Maternal Health
    2. 6.2 Inequalities in Health
    3. 6.3 Children’s Participation Rights in Health Services
    4. 6.4 Children’s Understanding of Health and Well-Being in Context
    5. 6.5 Summary
  15. 7 Children’s Rights in the Workplace
    1. 7.1 The International Labour Organization, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Children’s Work
    2. 7.2 Conditions of Work
    3. 7.3 The Nature of Children’s Work
    4. 7.4 Work and School
    5. 7.5 Children’s Participation Rights in Work
    6. 7.6 Summary
  16. 8 Conclusion—Drawing the Threads Together
    1. 8.1 The Principles and Holistic Approach of the UNCRC
    2. 8.2 Constructions of Children and Childhood
    3. 8.3 Sociocultural Contexts for Children’s Rights
    4. 8.4 Children as Citizens
    5. 8.5 The Role of Research
    6. 8.6 Final Word on the Role of the UN Convention
  17. References
  18. Index
  19. Adpage
  20. Backcover