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Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Daniella Bendo (2015) “Children Have Rights, Right?” Child Advocacy in the Lives of Young People

This article draws on critical theory, specifically critical pedagogy, to explore the construction of childhood and the work of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates in rights based discourse.

Approach: The article analyzes how childhood is defined by rights based documents and by the Council members. As a subsidiary source of data, I also explore more mainstream images of children’s rights advocacy through various media sources. Through a critical discourse analysis of these texts, the article challenges constructions of childhood in the discourse of children’s rights advocacy, while at the same time highlighting transformative possibilities that have powerful implications for policy.

Findings: This article highlights the importance of the Council Members as they provide opportunities for the betterment of children’s lives.

Limitations: Methodologically, findings could be strengthened by interviewing Council members to obtain their understanding of how they perceive young people and believe their work provides them with life-enhancing opportunities.

Implications: The article sheds light on the growing opportunities for professional advancement in Canadian Child and Youth Advocacy.

Value: The investigation also contributes essential knowledge to academics studying child and youth advocacy, as such scholarship is currently unavailable in Canada.

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Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

One comment on “Daniella Bendo (2015) “Children Have Rights, Right?” Child Advocacy in the Lives of Young People

  1. muawiaco
    May 22, 2015

    yes i am agree the children you need to rights all organiations in the not foucs of this right to give the children all over the world

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