Considering the rights of the child is now central to all fields involving children and to good multi-agency working. This book offers an explanation of the theoretical issues and the key policy developments that are crucial to all professions, and 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.
- 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, whilst considering the advantages and tensions involved in working across disciplines to implement children's rights against a complex legislative and social policy backdrop.
Essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students on Early Years, Early Childhood Studies, Childhood and Youth, Education, Law, Social Work, Play and Psychology courses, it is relevant to professionals working across education, health and social work.
PART ONE: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN PRACTICE: AN OVERVIEW OF KEY THEMES AND DEBATES What Are Children's Rights? Contemporary Developments and Debates - Phil Jones Child Rights and Their Practical Application: Definitions, Questions and Practice - Phil Jones Children's Rights: Social Justice and Exclusion - Gary Walker Participation and Provision across Disciplines: Child Rights for, and by, Children - Phil Jones Safeguarding and Protection: What Does a Rights-Based Approach Mean across Different Disciplines? - Gary Walker PART TWO: RIGHTS AND SERVICE PROVISION: AREAS OF PRACTICE The Child's Right to Play: Rhetoric or Reality? - Mike Wragg What Does the 'Voice of the Child' Mean for Children with Complex Learning and Communication Impairments? - Carol Potter and Chris Whittaker Rights in Early Years Settings and a Young Child's Right to Silence - Caroline Bligh Education and Children's Rights - Jon Tan Children's Rights, Identity and Learning: The Case for Bilingualism - Avril Brock and Jean Conteh Rights, Health and Health Promotion - Diane Lowcock and Ruth Cross Social Work and Children's Rights: Promoting Young People's Participation in Social Work Practice and Education - Tracey Race and Alison Bennett Provision for Young People and Rights: Youth Work - Phil Jones and Alan Smith Youth Justice and Children's Rights - Daniel Marshall and Terry Thomas PART THREE: REVIEWING CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN PRACTICE Reviewing Children's Rights in Practice - Phil Jones and Gary Walker