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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Wales
Start page: 225 pp
Swansea University Author: Jane Williams
This volume’s origin lies in a conference held in September 2008 at Swansea University on the theme of revisiting visions and rethinking implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Developed papers and additional contributions featured in the 2011 edited colle...
Cardiff: University of Wales Press
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This volume’s origin lies in a conference held in September 2008 at Swansea University on the theme of revisiting visions and rethinking implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Developed papers and additional contributions featured in the 2011 edited collection published by Ashgate, The Human Rights of Children, From Visions to Implementation, co-edited by the editor of the current volume and Dr Antonella Invernizzi. That volume includes some examinations of approaches to children’s rights in Wales. But soon after the conference, which coincided withthe State Party hearings on the UK’s third and fourth periodic reports to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child , it became clear that implementation in Wales had acquired prominence and depth which called for consideration in a distinct collection. Even so, at the end of 2008, the extent of progress that would be made in the ensuing years to implement the UNCRC in Wales could not have been imagined. Aided by a combination of poltiical will and a vibrant and influential non-governmental community, in the which the editor and several contributors played a significant role during this period, this progress included the enactment in March 2011 of the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011. This was and remains the UK’s first and only general legislative measure of implementation of the UNCRC. This edited collection tells the story of the Measure, from its pre-history and politicial genesis through to enactment. Contributions explain the content of the Measure and its practical implications, show how the Measure may impact on selected policy areas and explore the ways in which Welsh Ministers will be held accountable for performance of their new duties concerning implementation of the UNCRC in Wales.
Extracts from pre-publication review:'Unusually in my experience, for a book of essays it is a collection that can be read from cover to cover rather than dipped into for specific purposes. It has the coherence of a single authored book, with the diversity of an edited collection. It would appear that the contributors were given a clear mandate and (unusually) they stuck to it.''This collection will be of keen interest to legal researchers and perhaps a limited appeal to practitioners within Wales. However, it has the potential to go further and no doubt this is the intention of the editor and the Press. The wide range of backgrounds of the contributors gives the collection a strong multi-disciplinary persona. I am sure that within social work, social policy, politics, government, criminology, and the third sector there will be many who will consider buying this collection.''... this is a study of a highly significant development within Wales post devolution. One of the many exciting things about devolution and the idea of the four nations is that each can learn from the other. We have seen this with the Children’s Commission and the Older People’s Commissioner. The collection is an excellent case study of a Welsh initiative.''It also breaks new ground in relation to the working of devolution in Wales. As we move away from focussing solely on the mechanics of devolution and towards the way in which law and policy are made, the collection provides a case study of the workings of devolution in a substantive area of law.'
human rights, UNCRC, devolution, implementation, incorporation in national law, public policy, poverty, discrimination, participation, Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011
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