Rethinking Children's Rights explores attitudes towards and experiences of children's rights. Phil Jones and Sue Welch draw on a wide range of thought, research and practice from different fields and countries to debate, challenge and re-appraise long held beliefs, attitudes and ways of working and living with children.
This second edition contains updated references to legislation and research underpinning children's rights, reflecting on recent scholarship and on the current world context. New research and examples are discussed around:
- online protection and privacy
- evaluating UK progress and the children's rights review by the United Nations
- recent insights on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
- new debates about the construction and development of children's rights
- new debates about the relationships between social exclusion and children's rights
Recent developments in the definition of rights are considered from a variety of perspectives and in relation to different arenas of children's lives. This second edition brings an increased focus on exploring the notion of disjunction between the rhetoric of policy and legislation and the enacted and perceived experiences of children's rights.
Themes discussed include power relations between adults and children, the child's voice, intercultural perspectives, social justice, gender and disability. Examples of research, activities, interviews with researchers and guidance on further reading make this an essential text for those studying childhood.
Phil Jones is Professor of Children's Rights and Wellbeing at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK. He has published a number of books and articles including Exploring Education and Childhood: From Current Certainties to New Visions (2015) and Rethinking Childhood (2009) and has recently completed research for the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England on Children's Rights in Education. Sue Welch was formerly a Principal Lecturer and Course Leader in Childhood Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and has lectured at the University of York St John, UK. She is co-editor and contributor to Childhood: Services and Provision for Children (2008).
Introduction to New Childhoods Series Part I: Debates, Dilemmas and Challenges: The Background to Children's Rights 1. Introduction to Rethinking Children's Rights 2. Children's Rights: Definitions and Developments Part II: An Interdisciplinary Review of Recent Research and Scholarship 3. Children's Rights: Current Tensions, Debates and Research Part III: Implications for Children's Lives 4. Rights and the `Child's Voice' 5. Rights and Decision Making 6. A Rights Perspective on Family Life 7. Working with Children References Index