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

Editor(s) Jane Williams

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

  • February 2013 ·234x156mm

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

About The Book

This edited collection tells the story behind a ground-breaking Welsh law which reinforces the human rights of children and young people in Welsh devolved government, examines the impact of this law in selected policy areas and shows why the Welsh approach 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 Author(s)

Author(s): Jane Williams

Jane Williams is Professor of Law at Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, formerly a UK and Welsh Government legal adviser.

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