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Political Science Human Rights

A Question of Commitment

The Status of Children in Canada, second edition

edited by Thomas Waldock

foreword by R. Brian Howe & Katherine Covell

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Category
Human Rights, Children, Social Policy
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554580033
    Publish Date
    Jun 2007
    List Price
    $48.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771124058
    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
    $54.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554587087
    Publish Date
    Jul 2009
    List Price
    $42.95

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With the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), commentators began to situate the evolution of the status of children within the context of the “property to persons” trajectory that other human rights stories had followed. In the first edition of A Question of Commitment, editors R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell provided a template of analysis for understanding this evolution. They identified three overlapping stages of development as children transitioned from being regarded as objects to subjects in their own right: social laissez-faire, paternalistic protection, and children’s rights. In the social laissez-faire stage, children are regarded as objects, and largely as the property of parents. In the paternalistic protection stage, children are seen as vulnerable and in need of protection. The children’s rights stage lays emphasis on children as rights-bearers, as individuals in their own right with entitlements.

In this second edition, new essays assess the extent to which children’s rights have been incorporated into their respective areas of policy and law. The authors draw conclusions about what the situation reveals about the status of children in Canada. Overall, many challenges remain on the pathway to full recognition and citizenship.

 

About the authors

Thomas Waldock is an associate professor in Child and Family Studies and Social Work at Nipissing University. He is the founding faculty member and Chair of the CHFS Program. His research relates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the child welfare field, with a particular focus on child welfare paradigms and caregiving.

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R. Brian Howe is a professor of political science and Katherine Covell is a professor of psychology at Cape Breton University. They are co-directors of the university’s Children’s Rights Centre and the authors of numerous articles on children’s rights and human rights in Canada. Their books include The Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada (WLUP, 2001) and Empowering Children: Children’s Rights Education as a Pathway to Citizenship (2005). Katherine Covell is the author of the UN report Violence against Children in North America (2005).

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Katherine Covell holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a professor emerita and former executive director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University. She has acted as a national and international advocate for children, and has published widely on children’s rights and child development, including the UN report Violence against Children in North America (2005).

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