Phillips, L. G. (2016). Educating children and young people on the UNCRC: Actions, avoidance and awakenings. In J. Gillett-Swan & V. Coppock (Eds.), Children’s Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC; Past, present and future (pp. 39-59). Didcot, Oxford: Symposium Books.

Article 42 of the CRC asserts that ‘States Parties undertake to make the principles and provisions of the Convention widely known, by appropriate and active means, to adults and children alike’. Yet since the ratification of the CRC in 1989, the CRC is not widely known to children and adults. Public discourses of children and childhood are considered as key hindrances to widespread promotion of the CRC. Significant actions that have taken place since 1989 to promote the CRC internationally and nationally are mapped, noting gaps, missed opportunities and possible explanations for neglect in the promotion of the CRC. To move forward in honouring children’s rights through the CRC being widely known, possible awakenings in practice and policy are proposed.

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