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Children’s Rights - Whose Right? A Review of Child Policy Development in Ireland

Blue Paper Abstract

Children's Rights Blue Paper LaunchChildren’s Rights - Whose Right? A Review of Child Policy Development in Ireland reviews the position of children in contemporary Irish society and their emergence as a group inpolicy-making. Thestudy finds that a reactive, welfare approach to child policy dominates. This approach perpetuates the view of the child as a passive dependent in need of protection rather than an active agent and bearer ofrights. Ireland ratified the UN Conventionon the Rights of the Child in 1992. The paper argues that this presents Irish policy-makers with a valuable organizational framework to foreground children’s issues within a rights-based context. It presents recommendations for action in the area of governance with respect to children, the protection and promotion of children’s rights and the participation of children in matters affecting them.

About the Author

Nóirín Hayes is the Head of the School of Social Sciences and Legal Studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She lectures in child development and early education and is the national research co-coordinator for the IEA Pre-primary Project. She is a founder member of the Children’s Rights Alliance.

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Last updated 27 November 2012 .