The Evolving Capacities of the Child

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Summary: A study that focuses on the concept of "the evolving capacities of the child" referred to in article 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children should receive guidance on their rights in a way that refelcts their growing maturity and their progress towards adulthood "in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child". While all the rights in the Convention apply to all children, whether they are babies, toddlers or adolescents, Article 5 acknowledges their ability to absorb and act on information changes alongside their evolving capactities. This report gives insight into: - The practical and programmatic implications of this principle - What this principle means in relation to parental respnsibility and cultural tradtion This study examines how interpretations of the "evolving capactities of the child" could influence approaches to the implementation of child rights and contributes to the ongoing efforts to show how the Convention balances the rights of children and the rights of the parents. This report is the result of the joint efforts of Save the Children and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy.Owner: Gerison Lansdownpdf: http://www.crin.org/docs/evolving_capacities.pdf

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