Children’s Views on Children’s Rights: A Systematic Literature Review

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Children’s Views on Children’s Rights: A Systematic Literature Review

Recorded in 2021

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Contributors

Author: Nicola Fairhall, Kevin Woods

Publisher: The International Journal of Children’s Rights

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Worldwide

Type of Resource: Review

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation: Journal

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children’s Rights, Children’s views, Review, UNCRC

Introduction

Children’s rights are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This systematic literature review aimed to investigate children’s views of children’s rights, at a broad level. Nine papers were included, from a range of countries and contexts. They all accessed the views of children and young people (aged up to 18 years). A content analysis was carried out using a recursive process of hybrid aggregative-configurative synthesis, and themes within children’s views and factors that may affect these were identified. These were ‘awareness of rights’, ‘value placed on (importance of) rights’, ‘impact of having/not having rights fulfilled’, ‘realisation and respect of rights’, ‘equality of rights’, ‘identifying and categorising of rights’, and ‘factors that may affect children’s views’. These were developed into a progression of rights realisation and implications for practice and further research were considered.