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Achieving social justice for children: How can children's rights thinking make a difference?

  • Academic Journal
  • Smith AB; University of Otago College of Education.
  • The American journal of orthopsychiatry [Am J Orthopsychiatry] 2016; Vol. 86 (5), pp. 500-7.
  • English
  • This article draws on themes from the author's book, Children’s Rights: Toward Social Justice , that emerge from surveying children’s rights issues in different childhood contexts; the family, education, child protection, and health services. The author has selected five examples of application of children’s rights to a policy area and identified the implications for policy and practice. There are four core rights that cut across all children’s rights issues that are mentioned before discussing specific areas. First, children, regardless of race, sex, language, religion, disability, or class, are entitled to rights. In other words, all children should enjoy their rights and should not be discriminated against. Second, “the best interests of the child” should be “a primary consideration” in actions or decisions concerning children. Third, children have the right to survival and development. And fourth, children have the right to be consulted and have their views heard in matters that affect them.
    (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Additional Information
Publisher: American Psychological Association Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 0400640 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1939-0025 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 00029432 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Am J Orthopsychiatry Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: 2014- : Washington, DC : American Psychological Association
Original Publication: Menasha, Wis., American Orthopsychiatric Assn.
Date Created: 20160913 Date Completed: 20170606 Latest Revision: 20180925