Introduction: Young Children’s Protection Rights

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This book is concerned with UNCRC Article 4 (OHCHR, 1989), which states that ‘Governments have a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled’. Whilst some chapters in this book note successes in this respect, many reveal the failure of governments to shoulder fully their responsibilities. This chapter introduces the section of the book that addresses young children’s rights to protection specifically. The section chapters concern young children’s rights to protection from violence (Article 19), lack of a family environment (Article 20), protection and care when affected by war and armed conflicts and special protection and help as refugees (Articles 22 and 38). Chapters in this section also focus on young children’s protection from kidnapping, abduction, sale and trafficking, detention and punishment, child labour, sexual exploitation and abuse and the rehabilitation following victimisation by neglect, abuse or exploitation (Articles 11, 32, 34, 36, 37, and 39). However, several UNCRC Articles addressing young children’s protection rights are not addressed in this section’s chapters. That omission is an authentic reflection of the paucity of research and discourse concerning the lives of children younger than eight years who experience adoption (Article 21), drug abuse (Article 33), and juvenile justice (Article 40).
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 pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780367142025
ISBN (Print)9780367142018
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

Written to commemorate 30 years since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights reflects upon the status of children aged 0–8 years around the world, whether they are respected or neglected, and how we may move forward. With contributions from international experts and emerging authorities on children’s rights, Murray, Blue Swadener and Smith have produced this highly significant textbook on young children’s rights globally.

Containing sections on policy, along with rights to protection, provision and participation for young children, this book combines discussions of children’s rights and early childhood development, and investigates the crucial yet frequently overlooked link between the two. The authors examine how policy, practice and research could be utilised to address the barriers to universal respect for children, to create a safer and more enriching world for them to live and flourish in.

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights is an essential resource for students and academics in early childhood education, social work and paediatrics, as well as for researchers, policymakers, leaders and practitioners involved in the provision of children’s services and paedeatric healthcare, and international organisations with an interest in or ability to influence national or global policies on children’s rights.


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


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