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
ByJane Murray, Beth Blue Swadener, Kylie Smith

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
ByLaura Lundy

chapter 3|12 pages

Babies’ rights, when human rights begin

ByPriscilla Alderson, Tamaki Yoshida

chapter 4|12 pages

Understanding children’s rights in early childhood

Policy and practice in Australia
ByMargaret Coady, John Tobin

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
ByVina Adriany, Hani Yulindrasari, Marek Tesar

part 2|2 pages

Young children’s rights to protection

chapter 7|6 pages


Young children’s rights to protection
ByJane Murray

chapter 8|12 pages

Rhetoric and realities

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

chapter 9|10 pages

Risk and safety in Western society

ByZoi Nikiforidou

chapter 10|13 pages

The (in)visibility of infants and young children in child protection

ByEunice Lumsden

chapter 11|12 pages

Childcare and standardisation

Threats to young children’s right to education
ByPeter Moss

chapter 12|13 pages

Leave no one behind

Young children’s rights to education
ByMercy Musomi

chapter 13|13 pages

Young children’s rights in ‘tough’ times

Towards an intersectional children’s rights policy agenda in Greece and Scotland
ByKristina Konstantoni, Kyriaki Patsianta

chapter 14|13 pages

Achieving rights for young children in Ghana

Enablers and barriers
ByProspera Tedam

chapter 15|12 pages

Being a refugee child in Lebanon

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

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
ByEmma Nottingham

chapter 17|14 pages

Safeguarding the protection rights of children in the Eastern Caribbean

ByJane Murray, Shelly-Ann Harper, Lisa McClean-Trotman, Heather Stewart

part 3|2 pages

Young children’s rights to provision

chapter 19|6 pages


Young children’s provision rights
ByKylie Smith

chapter 20|13 pages

Young children’s right to good nutrition

ByGeorge Kent

chapter 21|14 pages

Learning with and from Colombia

Perspectives on Rights-Based Early Childhood Policies
ByMathias Urban, Diana Paola Gómez Muñoz, Germán Camilo Zárate Pinto

chapter 22|16 pages

Enabling children’s rights in Wales with early years professionals

Policy and practice
ByNichola Welton, Glenda Tinney, Sioned Saer

chapter 23|15 pages

Beyond recognition

Persistent neglect of young Traveller children’s rights in Ireland
ByColette Murray

chapter 24|13 pages

Listening and deciding

Children’s rights in paediatric palliative care
ByLuigina Mortari, Ludovica De Panfilis, Luca Ghirotto

chapter 25|11 pages

Young children’s education and care beyond the school walls

The right to adventure, away
ByCasey Y. Myers, Rochelle L. Hostler

chapter 26|16 pages

Early childhood education and care for Indigenous children and their families from colonised nations

Working towards culturally meaningful service provision
ByRebekah Grace, Mere Skerrett, Jenny Ritchie, Margo Greenwood, Michelle Trudgett

chapter 27|11 pages

Respectful educators, capable learners

Then and now
ByCathy Nutbrown

chapter 28|12 pages

Young children and their educational rights

Critical perspectives on policy and practice in India
ByAmita Gupta

chapter 29|11 pages

Children’s rights in Hungary in early childhood education and care

BySándor Pálfi, Erzsébet Rákó, Anikó Varga Nagy, Eleonóra Teszenyi

chapter 30|22 pages

Play Maps

Supporting children’s provisional rights to play in their local community
ByCat Sewell, Jo Smale, Kylie Smith

part 4|2 pages

Young children’s rights to participation

chapter 31|6 pages


Young children’s participation rights
ByBeth Blue Swadener

chapter 32|11 pages

Towards a more participatory fulfilment of young children’s rights in early learning settings

Unpacking universalist ideals in India, Scotland and the EU
ByCaralyn Blaisdell, John M. Davis, Vinnarasan Aruldoss, Lynn McNair

chapter 33|13 pages

Immigrant children’s lifeworlds in the U.S. borderlands

ByAngeles Maldonado, Beth Blue Swadener, Casey Khaleesi

chapter 35|13 pages

Children’s perspectives on belonging in Icelandic preschools

ByJohanna Einarsdottir, Sara M. Ólafsdóttir

chapter 36|13 pages

How to create an open listening climate

Using the Lundy model of child participation with adults
ByAlison Moore

chapter 37|12 pages

What do children expect out of research participation?

BySue Dockett, Bob Perry

chapter 38|12 pages

‘Otherness’ in research with infants

Marginality or potentiality?
ByIoanna Palaiologou

chapter 39|20 pages

Children as research consultants

The ethics and rights of no research about them without consultingwith them
BySonya Gaches, Megan Gallagher

chapter 41|16 pages

Combining children’s participation rights in research with professionalisation of educators and teachers

Critical analysis of a transition study design
ByPetra Büker

chapter |5 pages


Imagining child rights futures
ByJane Murray, Beth Blue Swadener, Kylie Smith