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The Challenge of Children's Rights for Canada, 2nd edition

by (author) Katherine Covell, R. Brian Howe & J.C. Blokhuis

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
Category
Child Advocacy, Social Work, Children's Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771123556
    Publish Date
    Aug 2018
    List Price
    $44.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771123570
    Publish Date
    Aug 2018
    List Price
    $44.99

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More than a quarter of a century has passed since Canada promised to recognize and respect the rights of children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ratification of the Convention cannot, however, guarantee that everyone will abandon proprietary notions about children, or that all children will be free to enjoy the substance of their rights in every social and institutional context in which they find themselves, including—and perhaps especially—within families. This disconnect remains one of the most important challenges to the recognition of children’s rights in Canada.

The authors argue that social toxins are as harmful to children’s independent welfare and developmental interests as environmental toxins, and that both must be eradicated if Canada is to fulfill its commitments under the Convention. They also argue that if Canada wishes to ensure the substance of the rights outlined in the Convention are socially guaranteed, an attitudinal or cultural shift is required concerning the moral and legal status of children.

This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the bestselling Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada will be of interest to academics, policymakers, parents, teachers, social workers, and human service professionals—indeed to anyone who cares about and for children.

 

About the authors

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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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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J.C. Blokhuis holds a JD from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Educational Thought and Policy from the University of Rochester. He is an associate professor in the Department of Social Development Studies at Renison University College, University of Waterloo.

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