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

Editor(s): Jane Williams

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

  • February 2013 · 240pages · 234x156mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708325629
  • · eBook - epub - 9780708326879
  • · eBook - mobi - 9780708326886
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325636

About The Book

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1979, globally the most popular of human rights treaties, requires States Parties to take action to secure the rights of minors. Through contributions by some of those most closely involved, this book tells the story of the UNCRC in Wales. It explains the provisions and practical impact of the ground-breaking Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011, the first law within the UK designed to give further effect to the UNCRC. The collection is a major contribution to understanding of the challenges of UNCRC implementation and shows why the Welsh model of incorporation is attracting worldwide interest.


This volume makes a distinct contribution to children's rights scholarship in three ways. It provides a unique case study of the way in which children's rights in Wales made their way from political commitment to legislative enactment; it sheds light on the opportunities and challenges for children's rights realisation in a context of multi-level governance; and it offers a comprehensive picture of the state of children's rights in Wales, and of future prospects under the recently adopted children's rights Measure. Wouter Vandenhole, UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights, University of Antwerp


Part One: The UNCRC in Wales – and Wales in the UNCRC Chapter 1: Children’s rights as a policy framework in Wales Ian Butler and Mark Drakeford Chapter 2: Made to Measure: cooperation and conflict in the making of a policy Michael Sullivan and Helen Mary Jones Chapter 3: Policy advocacy communities: the collective voice of children’s rights in Wales Trudy Aspinwall and Rhian Croke Chapter 4: The Rights of Children and Young Persons Measure 2011 in the context of the international obligations of the UK Jane Williams Part Two: Making it work: realising children’s rights in selected policy areas Chapter 5: What is the value of a right if it is never afforded? Kevin Fitzpatrick Chapter 6: Child Poverty and Human Rights Rhian Croke and Anne Crowley Chapter 7: Toward Independence: Housing and the Older Child Jennie Bibbings, Simon Hoffman and Peter Mackie Chapter 8: Children’s rights in education Peter Hosking Chapter 9: Extended rights for children and young people in Wales? A focus on gender Jacky Tyrie Chapter 10: The rights of children and young people seeking asylum in Wales Tracey Maegusuku-Hewitt and Kathryn Tucker Chapter 11: The rights of Gypsy and Traveller children and young people in Wales Trudy Aspinwall and Luke Clements Part Three: Ensuring it works: accountability and participation Chapter 12: Accountability Simon Hoffman and Jane Williams Chapter 13: Holding government to account: the role of the Children’s Commissioner Osian Rees Chapter 14: New Researchers Project – Children’s participation Funky Dragon Chapter 15: Children’s participation in Wales Anne Crowley

About the Editor(s)

Jane Williams

Jane Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Swansea University. She is also co-Director of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People and a member of Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group.

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