UWTSD celebrates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


18.12.2019

Throughout 2019, staff and students from Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have been marking 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children in their early years

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international agreement that sets out the rights of children.  This is an international convention which underpins the legislation and policy context for children’s wellbeing and inclusion across different sectors in Wales.

Students at the Athrofa have opportunities to develop their own understanding of enabling children’s rights and participation throughout their studies. This is reflected in the modules taught and the experiences gained by student’s where children’s rights are a key focus.

A number of lecturers from different academic disciplines within Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education have also been key in delivering training relating to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Led by Dr Nichola Welton, the delivery team includes lecturers specialising in Early Years, Advocacy, Youth and Community Work and Inclusive Education. The team provides training workshops entitled ‘Enabling Children’s Right’s’ to a range of different areas of work in Wales, including Local Authorities and child care providers as well as to those working in the Education, Police, Social Care  and Health Boards, and Sport  sectors.

The training delivered by UWTSD has been very well received and has allowed opportunities to share feedback and research with Welsh Government as well as with practitioners and those working within the academic community.

UWTSD lecturers Nichola Welton, Sioned Saer and Glenda Tinney have also recently had the opportunity to contribute a chapter entitled ‘Enabling Children’s Rights in Wales with Early Years Professionals: Policy and Practice’ to the recently published The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights. 

Written to commemorate 30 years since the UNCRC, The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights reflects upon the status of children aged 0–8 years around the world, whether they are respected or neglected, and how we may move forward. With contributions from international experts and emerging authorities on children’s rights, this is a highly significant textbook on young children’s rights globally.

The chapter written by UWTSD’s Nichola Welton, Sioned Saer and Glenda Tinney develops an understanding of the rights context in Wales and focuses on research exploring a training programme with Early Years professionals designed to enable right’s based practice.

“The book will offer a valuable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals supporting children and families,” says Nichola Welton.  “Having a chapter exploring Wales specifically also offers a valuable tool for students in a Welsh context.”

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights is an essential resource for students and academics in early childhood education, social work and paediatrics, as well as for researchers, policymakers, leaders and practitioners involved in the provision of children’s services and paediatric healthcare, and international organisations with an interest in or ability to influence national or global policies on children’s rights.

For further information about the courses offered at UWTSD’s Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education, please visit: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/early-years/

And for more information about the recently published The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights, please visit: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-International-Handbook-of-Young-Childrens-Rights/Murray-Swadener-Smith/p/book/9780367142018

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