Transforming children’s rights? Dilemmas, challenges and implementation

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has now been in place for over thirty years and is widely ratified. However, as the UNCRC is operationalised, a number of practical, conceptual and ethical issues have emerged . For example, questions arise concerning children’s capacity and competence to make autonomous decisions, their involvement in dispute resolution and the relationship between the rights of children and those of their parents. Particular challenges arise in realising the rights of younger children and those with significant disabilities. The papers in this special edition explore these issues in relation to the UK and the wider international context, and also in different fields of social policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jan 2021


  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • operationalising children’s rights
  • international context of children’s rights


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