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SEMINAR — Transforming children’s rights? Dilemmas, challenges and implementation

Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity (CREID)

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will shortly have its 30th anniversary. Emerging from the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, it has since become the most ratified international human rights treaty ever. The UK ratified the CRC in 1991 and is thus obligated to ensure the implementation of children’s rights in practice.

Operationalising the UNCRC raises practical, conceptual and ethical issues. For example, questions arise concerning children and young people’s capacity and competence to make autonomous decisions, particularly in the case of younger children or those with significant disabilities. There are debates about children’s involvement in dispute resolution and the relationship between the rights of children and young people on the one hand and those of parents on the other.

Across the four nations of the UK, there have been different rates of progress in terms of incorporating aspects of the UNCRC into domestic law. Holding this seminar in Scotland is timely, with the Scottish Government’s promise to incorporate the principles of CRC into domestic law, a three year awareness raising programme for children’s rights, and an emerging children and young people’s participation framework. It is thus timely to consider where we are now – and where we want to be – learning from across the UK and beyond.

Questions addressed by contributors include the following:

  • What rights have been accorded to children and young people in different social policy arenas and UK jurisdictions?
  • What are and should be the roles of the state, parents and children?
  • What challenges arise when translating policy rhetoric on children’s rights into meaningful action on the ground?
  • For the next 30 years, what dilemmas may arise in relation to children’s rights? What are the potential solutions?

For enquiry concerning registration, please contact Grace Kong at or 0131 651 6459.


Seminar Schedule (draft)

  Arrival, Registration (With refreshments)
10.00-10.20    Introduction to the Day
Session One: Looking ahead in family law 
10.20-10.40   Helen Stalford, University of Liverpool
10.40-11.00   Kay Tisdall et al., University of Edinburgh and University of Stirling
11.00-11.20   Discussion
Session Two: Looking ahead in additional support needs/ special educational needs
11.20-11.40   Sheila Riddell et al., Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester
11.40-12.00     Margaret Doyle, University of Essex
12.00-12.20   Discussion
12.20-13.20   Lunch
13.20-14.00   Contribution from Scottish Youth Parliament
Session Three: Looking ahead in health and social welfare
14.00-14.20   Annie Sorbie, University of Edinburgh
14.20-14.40   Charlotte Pearson et al., University of Glasgow
14.40-15.00   Discussion
15.00-15.30   Final discussion and close
Do you have questions about SEMINAR — Transforming children’s rights? Dilemmas, challenges and implementation? Contact Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity (CREID)

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LG34 Charteris Land
Moray House School of Education
University of Edinburgh
EH8 8AQ Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 from 09:30 to 15:30 (BST)

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Centre for Research in Education Inclusion & Diversity (CREID)

Over more than 40 years CES has built an international reputation for the quality and influence of its research. While the Centre no longer has full-time paid research staff, following the retirement of senior academic members and the death of Professor David Raffe, its work is being continued by honorary senior research fellows and associates. CES remains a research centre based at MHSE. CES continues to pursue its research interests in secondary, further and higher education and in educational and labour market transitions. These are underpinned by a concern about equalities and inequalities in young people’s attainment, participation and transitions.

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