The authors of this volume provide discussion on vital issues related to the rights of children in the United States, including: the historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the differing views on children's rights and competencies; and the rights of children within the family, the social service system, the health care system, the educational system, the juvenile justice system and in employment.

Getting it Right: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Getting it right: The united nations convention on the rights of the child

A century that began with children having virtually no rights is ending with children having the most powerful legal instrument that not only recognizes but protects their human rights.

Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director (1997)

On November 10, 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (hereafter referred to as the U.N. Convention). This document is a seminal human rights treaty that defines minimum standards for civil, economic, social, cultural, humanitarian, and political rights for children throughout the world. As noted in Chapter 2, the U.N. Convention articulates a wider variety of rights than has been covered ...

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