The UNCRC and Social Workers' Relationships with Young Children
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Child Abuse Review
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 395–406, November/December 2011
How to Cite
Winter, K. (2011), The UNCRC and Social Workers' Relationships with Young Children. Child Abuse Rev., 20: 395–406. doi: 10.1002/car.1203
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 25 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: 12 OCT 2009
- young children;
- social work practice
In the UK, The Munro Review of Child Protection (2010, 2011a, 2011b) has recently highlighted that among the failings in safeguarding children known to social services is the lack of meaningful relationships between social workers and children. In her final report, Munro (2011b) has made recommendations for a more child-centred system anchored on two themes – the child's journey and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This article illustrates by way of practical examples how the UNCRC, together with the detailed advice and guidance contained in the UNCRC general comments numbers 5, 7 and 12, provides the best framework for developing effective social work relationships with, and safeguarding, young children. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
‘In her final report, Munro has made recommendations for a more child-centred system’