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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Wales

This book explains the background and effects of the law adopted by the National Assembly of Wales as a result of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It presents studies on several key policy areas where issues of children’s human rights are prominent, including child poverty, special educational needs and health provision, treatment of asylum seekers, and traveler communities. It also examines the key issues of accountability and civic participation, including the questions of involvement of children and young people.

240 pages | 1 halftone | 6 x 9 | © 2013

Political Science: Public Policy

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Table of Contents

Tables and illustrations
About the contributors
      Rt Hon. Rhodri Morgan
Preface and acknowledgements
Abbreviations and terms
Editor’s Introduction
      Jane Williams

Part I: The UNCRC in Wales—and Wales in the UNCRC
1. Children’s rights as a policy framework in Wales
      Ian Butler and Mark Drakeford
2. Made to Measure: cooperation and conflict in the making of a policy
      Michael Sullivan and Helen Mary Jones
3. Policy advocacy communities: the collective voice of children’s NGOs in Wales
      Trudy Aspinwall and Rhian Croke
4. The Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011 in the context of the international obligations of the UK
      Jane Williams
Part II: Making it work: realizing children’s rights in selected policy areas
5. What is the value of a right if it is never afforded?
      Kevin Fitzpatrick
6. Child poverty and human rights
      Rhian Croke and Anne Crowley
7. Housing and the independent older child
      Jennie Bibbings, Simon Hoffman and Peter K. Mackie
8. Children’s rights in education
      Peter Hosking
9. Extended rights for children and young people in Wales? A focus on gender
      Jacky Tyrie
10. The rights of children and young people seeking asylum in Wales
      Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett and Kathryn Tucker
11. The Rights of Gypsy and Traveller children and young people in Wales
      Trudy Aspinwall and Luke Clements
Part III: Ensuring it works: accountability and participation
12. Accountability
      Simon Hoffman and Jane Williams
13. ‘Holding government to account’: the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales
      Osian Rees
14. Funky Dragon’s Children as Researchers project: a new way of enabling participation
      Funky Dragon
15. Children’s participation in Wales
      Anne Crowley


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