This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.

Best Interests

Best interests

The yardstick by which decisions relating to children and their rights under the UNCRC are made.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), drawn up in 1989, contains a wide range of provisions relating to different rights for children, rights which all the States that have signed up to the Convention agree to support. None of these rights, in principle, is more important than any other. The provisions of Article 3 of the Convention, however, which requires a commitment to determining issues in the best interests of the child, have assumed the status of a general principle, in that they underpin all of the other provisions of the Convention. Article 3 states that:

In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by ...

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