The UNCRC and social workers' relationships with young children

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In the UK, The Munro Review of Child Protection (2010, 2011a, 2011b) has recently highlighted that among the failings in safeguarding children known to social services is the lack of meaningful relationships between social workers and children. In her final report, Munro (2011b) has made recommendations for a more child-centred system anchored on two themes – the child's journey and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This article illustrates by way of practical examples how the UNCRC, together with the detailed advice and guidance contained in the UNCRC general comments numbers 5, 7 and 12, provides the best framework for developing effective social work relationships with, and safeguarding, young children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-406
Number of pages11
JournalChild Abuse Review
Issue number6
Early online date29 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • UNCRC, children, state care

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