Young Children's Rights: Exploring Beliefs, Principles and Practice Second Edition

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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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1 Childrens Provision Rights
2 Childrens Protection Rights
3 Childrens Participation Rights
4 Young Children as People
5 Beliefs and Feelings about Consulting Young Children
6 Methods and Levels of Involving Young Children
7 Consulting Young Children and Taking Risks
Sharing Decisions and Responsibility
9 The Key Messages from the Evidence and Experience
Subject Index
Author Index

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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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Priscilla Alderson, PhD, FRSA is Professor of Childhood Studies at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. She has written numerous books and articles on young children's rights, and is the author of the first edition of this book, Young Children's Rights: Exploring Beliefs, Principles and Practice. Save the Children is the leading international voluntary organisation for children.

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