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Children's Rights in Practice

Children's Rights in Practice

Edited by:
  • Phil Jones - Insitute of Education, University of London
  • Gary Walker - Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

April 2011 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Considering the rights of the child is now central to good multi-agency working, Children's Right in Practice offers an explanation of the theoretical issues and the key policy developments that have impacted practice. It helps the reader to understand children's rights in relation to their role in working with children and young people. Looking at education, health, social care and welfare, it bridges the gap between policy and practice for children from birth to 19 years.

Chapters cover:

  • the child's right to play
  • youth justice and children's rights
  • the voice of the child
  • ethical dilemmas in different contexts
  • involvement, participation and decision making
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • social justice and exclusion

This book helps the reader understand what constitutes good practice, while considering the advantages and tension of working across disciplines.

Essential reading for students in Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and Childhood and Youth courses, it is relevant to professionals working across education, health and social work.

Phil Jones
What Are Children's Rights? Contemporary Developments and Debates
Phil Jones
Child Rights and Their Practical Application: Definitions, Questions and Practice
Gary Walker
Children's Rights: Social Justice and Exclusion
Phil Jones
Participation and Provision across Disciplines: Child Rights for, and by, Children
Gary Walker
Safeguarding and Protection: What Does a Rights-Based Approach Mean across Different Disciplines?
Mike Wragg
The Child's Right to Play: Rhetoric or Reality?
Carol Potter and Chris Whittaker
What Does the 'Voice of the Child' Mean for Children with Complex Learning and Communication Impairments?
Caroline Bligh
Rights in Early Years Settings and a Young Child's Right to Silence
Jon Tan
Education and Children's Rights
Avril Brock and Jean Conteh
Children's Rights, Identity and Learning: The Case for Bilingualism
Diane Lowcock and Ruth Cross
Rights, Health and Health Promotion
Tracey Race and Alison Bennett
Social Work and Children's Rights: Promoting Young People's Participation in Social Work Practice and Education
Phil Jones and Alan Smith
Provision for Young People and Rights: Youth Work
Daniel Marshall and Terry Thomas
Youth Justice and Children's Rights
Phil Jones and Gary Walker
Reviewing Children's Rights in Practice

'The important socio-legal dimension of human rights in childhood studies is explored here in an interesting and engaging manner. The work should be of interest to students from a variety of disciplines working within the field' -
Professor Chris Jenks, Vice Chancellor, Brunel University

'A highly accessible text - the activities will be valuable for students and professionals alike' -
Deborah Albon, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University

'This is a very informative book that gives a realistic and thought-provoking insight into legislation and its interpretation in practice' -
Denise Chadwick, Senior Lecturer in Early Years, University of Huddersfield

'An invaluable resource for students on initial teacher education courses and education practitioners seeking to make the link between the theory and practice of children’s rights. It is hoped that those in the field of education will grasp the opportunities this highly accessible text offers in promoting and realising children’s rights'
-Educational Review

It is hoped that those in the field of education will grasp the opportunities this highly accessible text offers in promoting and realising children’s rights.??

Bronagh Byrne
Queen’s University Belfast
Educational Review

This book is very informative and has been added to our reading list.

Mrs Emma Louise Webb
Caring, cardiff and vale college
February 5, 2020

The module covers Children's Rights and very relevant and helpful for the students. It is one recommended on the module and reading list.

Pansy McFarlane-Edmond
Department of Education, London Metropolitan University
December 18, 2019

I used this book several times for my masters sessions but I really recommend it for undergraduate modules as well. There is no doubt that by using this book, undergraduate and graduate students will understand clearly all children's rights, their importance, the necessity for those rights to be safeguarded and the ways that practitioners and teachers can facilitate the promotion of these rights through their work with young children and adolescences. The practical examples, case studies and scenarios provided in each chapter of this book are really useful to this end.

Dr Kyriakos Demetriou
Education , Liverpool Hope University
March 17, 2016

This is an essential text for all early years based courses. I am teaching a module on children's rights; this book has helped both within lectures and as additional reading to extend learners knowledge and understanding of children's rights.

Mrs Nyree Nicholson
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
August 17, 2016

This text clearly links theory and the practice of children's rights and will be a invaluable to any student. It promotes critical analysis towards legislation and the individuals perception.

Miss Ella Rachael Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
September 18, 2015

Essential for teaching this subject. Good examples to demonstrate how legislation impacts on practice.

Mrs Beverley Owen-jones
May 1, 2015

This book will be very useful and informative in the module Voice of the Learner with relevant chapters supporting children's voice from the youngest to secondary pupils. This will be a valuable book for my reading list.

Mrs Keris Batley
Health, Care and Teacher Training, UCY/Yeovil College
March 16, 2015

This book is well written and explained. Learners were able to find specific rights and types of safe practice when teaching in an early years setting. This not only benefits early years, social care but also enables tutors to look at various scenarios that will aid them in their professional practices.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
August 18, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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