By Phil Jones
Childhood: companies and Provision for Children offers a tremendous and well timed contribution to the sphere of early life and early life experiences. This state-of-the-art textual content brings jointly, inside a severe framework, an realizing and dialogue of a wide diversity of companies, principles and themes, and debates the impression of them on children’s lives.
The textual content takes a really multi-disciplinary point of view, reflecting the wide-ranging adventure and backgrounds of the authors and participants. The wealth of genuine case learn fabric and reflective actions inside every one bankruptcy is helping strengthen the evaluative instruments and demanding abilities crucial for an realizing of the advanced social, political and environmental matters surrounding early life this present day and therefore makes this an important textual content for these learning during this box.
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Contraventions raise issues not only for nations directly involved but for international communities around the world. 4 on p. 5 on p. 32) explore the undermining of the rights of the child in different countries of the world including the UK. They draw attention to examples of oppressive social practice and how the low status of children allows political and economic exploitation to take place. Within its first term of office (1997–2001) the UK New Labour government began to show interest in the rights of children and young people, through establishing the Children and Young Person’s Unit (CYPU) in England and the Children’s Parliament in Scotland.
4 Undermining the status of the child: case examples Child slavery Although slavery is illegal everywhere, it continues to exist in some parts of the world. Its existence is rarely acknowledged by citizens of advanced industrialised countries, despite the fact that it is a part of the global economy. The term ‘slavery’ is rarely used anymore. Instead, slavery is usually referred to as ‘bonded labour’ or ‘human trafficking’. Children are particularly vulnerable to the new slavery. According to the International Labour Organisation (2002) report, ‘A future without child labour’, 73 per cent of these children – approximately 180 million – are working in the worst forms of child labour – including prostitution, bonded labour, trafficking and hazardous work.
12). These principles have been promoted by the government, with departments being encouraged to consult with children and young people and develop a plan for participation of children in policy development and implementation. There are several examples of this in both Parts II and III. However, the differential status of children and adults continues and is demonstrated by the heated debate in Parliament in 2004, resulting in a three-line whip of Labour Members of Parliament, over the challenge to the retention of a clause in the Children’s Bill allowing parents to smack their children.