Epilogue: Imagining Child Rights Futures

Jane Murray*, Beth Blue Swadener, Kylie Smith

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Thirty years on from the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (United Nations (UN), 1989), this final chapter reflects critically on what has been achieved since the adoption of the UNCRC in 1989 to realise the rights of children younger than 8 years, the current state of their rights, and what remains to be done to secure young children’s rights. The chapter discusses briefly some limitations to young children’s rights and evidence and policy, before addressing challenges and imagining futures when young children’s rights are respected. The chapter concludes by advocating for a revised UNCRC that recognises young children as capable social actors from birth, calling for universal global ratification and urging all States to find ways to assume their full responsibilities to ensure that all children’s rights are enacted, including those of our youngest citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights
EditorsJane Murray, Beth Blue Swadener, Kylie Smith
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780367142025
ISBN (Print)9780367142018
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

Jane Murray is Associate Professor and Co-Director at the Centre for Education and Research, University of Northampton, UK. She has published extensively on early childhood education and social inclusion, and is Editor of the International Journal of Early Years Education.

Beth Blue Swadener is Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry and Social and Cultural Pedagogy in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, USA.

Kylie Smith is Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Social Transformation and Education Hub at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


  • Young Children's Rights
  • Children's Rights
  • Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Early Years


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