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.

part 1|2 pages

Policy affecting young children’s rights

chapter 1|12 pages


The state of young children’s rights

chapter 2|14 pages

Implementing the rights of young children

An assessment of the impact of General Comment No. 7 on law and policy on a global scale

chapter 4|12 pages

Understanding children’s rights in early childhood

Policy and practice in Australia

chapter 6|11 pages

Satu Desa, Satu Paud – one village, one centre

Unpacking the meaning of children’s participation within ECE policy and provision in Indonesia

part 2|2 pages

Young children’s rights to protection

chapter 7|6 pages


Young children’s rights to protection

chapter 8|12 pages

Rhetoric and realities

Macro-policy as an instrument of deflection in meeting the needs of young children marginalised by SEND

chapter 11|12 pages

Childcare and standardisation

Threats to young children’s right to education

chapter 12|13 pages

Leave no one behind

Young children’s rights to education

chapter 13|13 pages

Young children’s rights in ‘tough’ times

Towards an intersectional children’s rights policy agenda in Greece and Scotland

chapter 14|13 pages

Achieving rights for young children in Ghana

Enablers and barriers

chapter 15|12 pages

Being a refugee child in Lebanon

Implementing young children’s rights in a digital world through the Blockchain Educational Passport

chapter 16|9 pages

‘Dad! Cut that part out!’

Children’s rights to privacy in the age of ‘generation tagged’: sharenting, digital kidnapping and the child micro-celebrity

part 3|2 pages

Young children’s rights to provision

chapter 19|6 pages


Young children’s provision rights

chapter 21|14 pages

Learning with and from Colombia

Perspectives on Rights-Based Early Childhood Policies

chapter 23|15 pages

Beyond recognition

Persistent neglect of young Traveller children’s rights in Ireland

chapter 24|13 pages

Listening and deciding

Children’s rights in paediatric palliative care

chapter 25|11 pages

Young children’s education and care beyond the school walls

The right to adventure, away

chapter 27|11 pages

Respectful educators, capable learners

Then and now

chapter 28|12 pages

Young children and their educational rights

Critical perspectives on policy and practice in India

chapter 30|22 pages

Play Maps

Supporting children’s provisional rights to play in their local community

part 4|2 pages

Young children’s rights to participation

chapter 31|6 pages


Young children’s participation rights

chapter 36|13 pages

How to create an open listening climate

Using the Lundy model of child participation with adults

chapter 38|12 pages

‘Otherness’ in research with infants

Marginality or potentiality?

chapter 39|20 pages

Children as research consultants

The ethics and rights of no research about them without consultingwith them

chapter |5 pages


Imagining child rights futures