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Fred Powell and Margaret Scanlon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447317845

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447317845.001.0001

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Rethinking children’s rights

Rethinking children’s rights

(p.185) Six Rethinking children’s rights
Dark secrets of childhood

Fred Powell

Margaret Scanlon

Policy Press

This chapter explores the meaning of child citizenship. There are two principle schools of thought regarding children’s rights: (1) a child liberationist or self-determinationist model; and (2) a child protectionist or nurturance model. It is important to note that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) incorporates elements from both models as aspects of human rights thinking in relation to children’s rights. However, the two models do represent two notably divergent ways of approaching children’s rights, contrasting active and passive citizenship.

Keywords:   child liberationist model, child protectionist model, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989, the 3 Ps

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