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Title: Children's rights in policy and poverty : an analysis of Iceland, Norway & the UK
Author: Jeans, Cynthia Lisa
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2013
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This study examines three areas of child policy assumed by scholars and recent research to relieve child poverty; child benefits, child support and early childhood education and care (ECEC) from a children’s rights perspective by comparing Iceland, Norway and the UK, 1991-2011, asking when, if and how do children's rights emerge in these policies. These areas of policy provide a good opportunity to examine the tension between the child, the adult and the state. A new framework was created combining both children’s rights and child poverty theories with comparative analysis. The results indicate that when and in what form children’s rights emerged not only suggests a classification of the three states; Iceland an Equality-Integrity Rights based system; Norway an Integrity Rights based system; the UK a Family-Centred/Social Investment system. It also opened up an understanding of the three policy areas studied; that the triangular relationship between the state, parent and child is very important and policy specific. These results can help guide policymakers in their search for evidence-based policies, and the framework offers politicians, activists, researchers and social workers a simple, sophisticated tool to gauge children's rights in policies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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