Human Rights in Child Protection

Asgeir Falck-Eriksen and Elisabeth Backe-Hansen (2018)

Child rights unit has released a new book Human Rights in Child Protection (open access), which is related to the project Child Protection and Human Rights – Making professional judgements.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a legal document with global reach and thus has a cosmopolitan imprint. The CRC is the most far-reaching document that explicitly states the rights of children. The convention serves young human beings, the child, and constitute a critical standard that can and should be utilized to analyze nation-state policy and how child protection becomes practiced.

Next year will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. For the anniversary, the book seeks to move on from discussing the validity and formal content of the convention, and focus on how it can become operative in the field of practice. This book aims at exploring what human rights, and especially the Convention on the Rights of the Child, entail for child protection services, for professional practice and policy.