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ERIC Number: EJ948984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
The Children's Rights Convention in Denmark: A Status Report on Implementation
Jorgensen, Per Schultz; Leth, Ingrid; Montgomery, Edith
Early Education and Development, v22 n5 p839-862 2011
Research Findings: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified by Denmark in 1991 but never incorporated into Danish legislation; instead the State party has chosen a stepwise implementation in legal and social praxis. However, this process mirrors a remarkable reluctance to approve the Convention as a legitimate part of Danish legislation, as it is argued that the Danish welfare state embodies a social and legislative framework that in general terms ensures children's rights. But the role of the Convention in Denmark is weak and relatively invisible and does not ensure an adherence in local municipalities to either the national legislation or the demands of the Convention. Practice or Policy: A critical examination reveals that for vulnerable groups of children this lack of legitimacy of the Convention has serious consequences. Therefore, the Convention occupies a paradoxical status as ratified but not fully integrated into Danish legal and social praxis. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child