30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

A Special Issue of Child Abuse and Neglect


Thirty years ago, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by world leaders in a historic commitment to recognize children as rights holders, transforming the way we understand the rights, agency, and power of children. Progress toward ending all forms of violence against children, however, has been slow, and we need to act better and more urgently in bringing violence against children to an end by 2030, as per the commitment in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.2.

In this FREE Journal Club, guest editors Yanghee Lee, Jaap Doek, and Stuart Hart give an overview of an upcoming special issue of Child Abuse and Neglect which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC. The issue includes articles on progress made, the current status of various aspects of children’s rights, challenges that remain, and opportunities for improvement.