1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights

Edited By Jane Murray, Beth Blue Swadener, Kylie Smith Copyright 2020

    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 Policy Affecting Young Children’s Rights

    Chapter 1 Introduction: The State of Young Children’s Rights

    Jane Murray, Beth Blue Swadener and Kylie Smith

    Chapter 2 Implementing the Rights of Young Children: An Assessment of the Impact of General Comment No. 7 on Law and Policy on a Global Scale

    Laura Lundy

    Chapter 3 Babies’ Rights, When Human Rights Begin

    Priscilla Alderson and Tamaki Yoshida

    Chapter 4 Understanding Children’s Rights in Early Childhood: Policy and Practice in Australia

    Margaret Coady and John Tobin

    Chapter 5 Towards Comprehensive and Systematic Children’s Rights Education for Early Childhood Education and Care Students: Experiences from Ireland

    Sheila Long

    Chapter 6 Satu Desa Satu Paud – One Village, One Centre: Unpacking the Meaning of Children’s Participation within ECE Policy and Provision in Indonesia

    Vina Adriany, Hani Yulindrasari and Marek Tesar

    Part 2 Young Children’s Rights to Protection

    Chapter 7 Introduction: Young Children’s Rights to Protection

    Jane Murray

    Chapter 8 Rhetoric and Realities: Macro-Policy as an Instrument of Deflection in Meeting the Needs of Young Children Marginalised by SEND

    Philip Garner

    Chapter 9 Risk and Safety in Western Society

    Zoi Nikiforidou

    Chapter 10 The (In)Visibility of Infants and Young Children in Child Protection

    Eunice Lumsden

    Chapter 11 Childcare and Standardisation: Threats to Young Children’s Right to Education

    Peter Moss

    Chapter 12 Leave No One Behind: Young Children’s Rights to Education

    Mercy Musomi

    Chapter 13 Young Children’s Rights in ‘Tough’ Times: Towards an Intersectional Children’s Rights Policy Agenda in Greece and Scotland

    Kristina Konstantoni and Kyriaki Patsianta

    Chapter 14 Achieving Rights for Young Children in Ghana: Enablers and Barriers

    Prospera Tedam

    Chapter 15 Being a Refugee Child in Lebanon: Implementing Young Children’s Rights in a Digital World through the Blockchain Educational Passport

    Cristina Devecchi

    Chapter 16 ‘Dad! Cut that Part Out!’ Children’s Rights to Privacy in the Age of ‘Generation Tagged’: Sharenting, Digital Kidnapping and the Child Micro-Celebrity

    Emma Nottingham

    Chapter 17 Safeguarding the Protection Rights of Children in the Eastern Caribbean

    Jane Murray, Shelly-Ann Harper, Lisa McClean-Trotman and Heather Stewart

    Chapter 18 Understanding Young Children’s Experiences Growing Up with Domestic Violence from a Children’s Rights Perspective

    Vera Lopez

    Part 3 Young Children’s Rights to Provision

    Chapter 19 Introduction: Young Children’s Provision Rights

    Kylie Smith

    Chapter 20 Young Children’s Right to Good Nutrition

    George Kent

    Chapter 21 Learning with and from Colombia: Perspectives on Rights-Based Early Childhood Policies

    Mathias Urban, Diana Paola Gómez Muñoz and Germán Camilo Zárate Pinto

    Chapter 22 Enabling Children’s Rights in Wales with Early Years Professionals: Policy and Practice

    Nicola Welton, Glenda Tinney and Sioned Saer

    Chapter 23 Beyond Recognition: Persistent Neglect of Young Traveller Children’s Rights in Ireland

    Colette Murray

    Chapter 24 Listening and Deciding: Children’s Rights in Paediatric Palliative Care

    Luigina Mortari, Ludovica De Panfilis and Luca Ghirotto

    Chapter 25 Young Children’s Education and Care Beyond the School Walls: The Right to Adventure, Away

    Casey Y. Myers and Rochelle L. Hostler

    Chapter 26 Early Childhood Education and Care for Indigenous Children and their Families from Colonised Nations: Working Towards Culturally Meaningful Service Provision

    Rebekah Grace, Mere Skerrett. Jenny Ritchie, Margo Greenwood and Michelle Trudgett

    Chapter 27 Respectful Educators, Capable Learners: Then and Now

    Cathy Nutbrown

    Chapter 28 Young Children and their Educational Rights: Critical Perspectives on Policy and Practice in India

    Amita Gupta

    Chapter 29 Children’s Rights in Hungary in Early Childhood Education and Care

    Sándor Pálfi, Erzsébet Rákó, Anikó Varga Nagy and Eleonóra Teszenyi

    Chapter 30 Play Maps: Supporting Children’s Provisional Rights to Play in their Local Community

    Cat Sewell, Jo Smale and Kylie Smith

    Part 4 Young Children’s Rights to Participation

    Chapter 31 Introduction: Young Children’s Participation Rights

    Beth Blue Swadener

    Chapter 32 Towards a More Participatory Fulfilment of Young Children’s Rights in Early Learning Settings: Unpacking Universalist Ideas in India, Scotland and the EU

    Caralyn Blaisdell, John M. Davis, Vinnarasan Aruldoss and Lynn McNair

    Chapter 33 Immigrant Children’s Life Worlds in the U.S. Borderlands

    Angeles Maldonado, Beth Blue Swadener and Casey Khaleesi

    Chapter 34 Exploring Global Citizenship with Canadian and Tanzanian Children through Voice and Multimodal Meaning Making

    Jodi Streelasky

    Chapter 35 Children’s Perspectives on Belonging in Icelandic Preschools

    Johanna Einarsdottir and Sara M. Ólafsdóttir

    Chapter 36 How to Create an Open Listening Climate: Using the Lundy Model of Chld Participation with Adults

    Alison Moore

    Chapter 37 What Do Children Expect Out of Research Participation?

    Sue Dockett and Bob Perry

    Chapter 38 "Otherness" in Research with Infants: Marginality or Potentiality?

    Ioanna Palaiologou

    Chapter 39 Children as Research Consultants: The Ethics and Rights of No Research About Them Without Consulting with Them

    Sonya Gaches and Megan Callagher

    Chapter 40 Using the UNCRC as a Frame of References for Ethical Research with Young Children

    Aline Cole-Albäck

    Chapter 41 Combining Children’s Participation Rights in Research with Professionalisation of Educators and Teachers: Critical Analysis of a Transition Study Design

    Petra Büker

    Chapter 42 Young Children’s Right to Play during their Transition from Early Childhood Education to Primary School in Chile

    Daniela S. Jadue-Roa and Matías Knust

    Chapter 43 Epilogue: Imagining Child Rights Futures

    Jane Murray, Beth Blue Swadener and Kylie Smith


    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.