Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Children's Rights and the Developing Law

3rd Edition

$110.00 (P)

Part of Law in Context

  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521698016

$ 110.00 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Following the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998, awareness has increased that we live in a rights-based culture and that children constitute an important group of rights holders. Now in its third edition, Children's Rights and the Developing Law explores the way developing law and policies in England and Wales are simultaneously promoting and undermining the rights of children. It reflects on how far these developments take account of children's interests, using current research on children's needs as a template against which to assess their effectiveness and considering a broad range of topics, including medical law, education and youth justice. A critical approach is maintained throughout, particularly when assessing the extent to which the concept of children's rights is being acknowledged by the courts and policy makers and the degree to which the UK fulfils its obligations under, for example, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    • Assesses current research on children's needs and measures the effectiveness of law and policy against that research, allowing readers from a variety of disciplines to update themselves on a broad range of important research projects relevant to the field of childhood
    • Critically assesses relevant laws and policies, provoking a reappraisal of preconceptions about the law's place in family life
    • Self-contained bibliographies at the end of each chapter give suggestions for further research
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'At page 459 Fortin states that 'this work seeks to show the sceptic how a rights based approach can be translated into workable policies and legal principles and also that a conscientious attempt to apply these is better than guesswork and intuition.' This indeed is a very laudable aim and in summary, this work of detailed academic and practical fortitude does exactly that … in plenty.' Family Law

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521698016
    • length: 880 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Perspectives and International Sources:
    1. Theoretical perspectives
    2. International children's rights
    Part II. Promoting Consultation and Decision-Making:
    3. Adolescent autonomy and parents
    4. Leaving home, rights to support and emancipation
    5. Adolescent decision-making and health care
    6. Promoting consultation and decision-making in schools
    7. Children's involvement in family proceedings - rights to representation
    8. Children in court - their welfare, wishes and feelings
    Part III. Children's Rights and Parents' Powers:
    9. Children's rights versus family privacy - physical punishment and financial support
    10. Parents' decisions and children's health rights
    11. Educational rights for children in minority groups
    12. Educational rights for children with disabilities
    13. Children's right to know their parents - the significance of the blood tie
    14. Children's right to know and be brought up by their parents
    15. An abused child's right to state protection
    16. Right to protection in state care and to state accountability
    17. The right of abused children to protection by the criminal law
    18. Protecting the rights of young offenders
    19. Conclusion - themes and the way ahead
    Appendix I: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    Appendix II: Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Author

    Jane Fortin, University of Sussex
    Jane Fortin is Professor of Law at Sussex University. She writes widely on issues relating to child and family law and is co-editor of the Child and Family Law Quarterly.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.