Reconciling Children's Policy and Children's Rights: Barriers to Effective Government Delivery

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Abstract

Countries which have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, have committed to implementing its principles in law and policy. This article explores the challenges for securing children's rights through policy, drawing on a research project conducted for the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, which sought to identify barriers to effective government delivery for children and young people from the perspective of key stakeholders. The research concluded that, while some barriers (such as delay and availability of data) are not child-specific, they can be accentuated when children and young people are the main focus of policy development and more so when seeking to adopt a child rights-compliant approach to policy development and implementation. 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-276
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Volume29
Issue number4
Early online date16 Sep 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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