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Children and Citizenship offers a contemporary and critical approach to the central debates around notions of children’s citizenship. Drawing on different disciplinary perspectives and including contributions by leading scholars in the field, this book makes explicit connections between theoretical approaches, representations of childhood, and the experiences of children themselves, legal instruments, policies, and their implementation. The book contains reflections on the notion of children’s citizenship in general as well as in relation to international instruments, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the case law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and EU legislation relating to citizenship and children’s rights.

Children as Rights Holders: Awareness and Scepticism
Children as rights holders: Awareness and scepticism

There is today a greatly heightened awareness that children in the UK are an important minority group with rights of their own. A lawyer might argue that this increasing appreciation of the concept of children's rights has been driven by two events: first, the ratification by the UK of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991; second, the implementation in October 2000, of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). But others might urge that the introduction of citizenship education into primary and secondary schools in 2000 and 2002 respectively, will probably have a far greater long-term impact on children's own ideas than either of these developments. ...

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