CONTENTS:- Preface; Introduction; Rights as basis of good; Contractual basis of rights; Best interests of the child; The limits of children's rights; UN convention on the rights of the child; Cultural and regional pluralism on the rights of the child; The concept of the 'best interest' in terms of the UN convention on the rights of the child; Rights of children in a changing world; What children's rights mean to children: children's own views; Welfare rights and the right to education; The child's right to health; Juvenile justice policy; Human rights and children; International dimensions of child prostitution;
That children are the citizens of tomorrow is not a debatable point. They have, therefore, a right to be educated, kept healthy, given care and affection and also justice and equality. Then only can they grow up into useful citizens of society. Unfortunately, in most countries all over the world, there is a sad lacking of awareness of children's rights and, even sadder, a complete absence (with some rare exceptions) of ensuring that the child is given his lawful rights. An attempt has been made in this book to highlight what are the rights of the child, how he or she is deprived of them, and what exploitation takes place when children neither know their rights or can garner support to ensure that their rights are maintained. Areas that are of vital concern to the child, for example, education, health, social status and justice have been dealt with at length to enable the reader to be acquainted fully with the subject. Thus, this book is useful for sociologists, educationists, teachers, researchers, child specialists and all those entrusted with the care and upbringing of children, including parents. They can benefit largely in not only understanding all about children's rights but also ensure its implementation by the concerned authorities and themselves.