The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: Relevance and Application to Pediatric Clinical Bioethics

Gerison Lansdown*, Laura Lundy, Jeffrey Goldhagen

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    8 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    This article provides an overview of the relevance and import of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to child health practice and pediatric bioethics. We discuss the four general principles of the CRC that apply to the implementation of all rights contained in the document, the right to health articulated in Article 24, and the important position ascribed to parents in fulfilling the rights of their children. We then examine how the CRC is implemented and monitored in law and practice. The CRC and associated principles of child rights provide strategies for rights-based approaches to clinical practice and health systems, as well as to policy design, professional training, and health services research. In light of the relevance of the CRC and principles of child rights to children’s health and child health practice, it follows that there is an intersection between child rights and pediatric bioethics. Pediatric bioethicists and child rights advocates should work together to define this intersection in all domains of pediatric practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)252-266
    Number of pages15
    JournalPerspectives in Biology and Medicine
    Volume58
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2015

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: Relevance and Application to Pediatric Clinical Bioethics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this