Young Children's Rights: Exploring Beliefs, Principles and Practice (Google eBook)

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 15, 2008 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Published in association with Save the Children Priscilla Alderson examines the often overlooked issue of the rights of young children, starting with the question of how the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to the youngest children, from birth to eight years of age. The question of finding a balance between young children's rights to protection, to provision (resources and services) and to participation (expressing their views, being responsible) is discussed. The author suggests that, in the belief we are looking after their best interests, we have become overprotective of children and deny them the freedom to be expressive, creative and active, and that improving the way adults and children communicate is the best way of redressing that balance. This second edition has been updated and expanded to include the relevance of UNCRC rights of premature babies, international examples such as the Chinese one-child policy, children's influence on regional policies, and the influence on young children's lives of policies such as Every Child Matters and those of the World Bank, IMF, OECD and UNICEF. This readable, informative and thought-provoking book is a compelling invitation to rethink our attitudes to young children's rights in the light of new theories, research and practical evidence about children's daily lives. It will be of interest to anyone who works with young children.
  

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Contents

Foreword
9
Introduction
13
1 Childrens Provision Rights
27
2 Childrens Protection Rights
46
3 Childrens Participation Rights
78
4 Young Children as People
111
5 Beliefs and Feelings about Consulting Young Children
131
6 Methods and Levels of Involving Young Children
143
7 Consulting Young Children and Taking Risks
171
Sharing Decisions and Responsibility
190
9 The Key Messages from the Evidence and Experience
207
References
216
Subject Index
231
Author Index
236
BACK COVER
242
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Page 20 - States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

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About the author (2008)

Priscilla Alderson is Professor Emerita of Childhood Studies, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. She teaches on the Sociology of Childhood and Children s Rights international MA course, and has been doing research with children since 1977. Her main research interests include: methods and ethics of social research with children; sociology of childhood and children's and babies rights; long term illness and disability; children s competence and consent and how growing economic and ecological crises affect them. Details of other work and publications are on www.ioe.ac.uk/ssru/.

Mary John is with the Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.
Janaki Nair is with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore.

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