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Children’s rights
  1. T Waterston, Series editor,
  2. N Mann, Commissioning editor, ADC
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr T Waterston
    Community Paediatric Department, Newcastle General Hospital, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE, UK; a.j.r.waterstonncl.ac.uk

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A practice perspective

The year 2004 marked the 15th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has had a remarkable impact on the position of children in society both in the UK and internationally. To bring the concept of children’s rights alive for practising paediatricians, we requested articles from a number of professionals including an academic, a general paediatrician, a paediatric surgeon, and a nurse.

We requested they give their own personal perspective on what children’s rights meant to them, and were not too prescriptive in our invitation. They were also asked the reasons why they think children’s rights are important, how the concept enters their ordinary work including academic work, and any proposals to make children’s rights central to paediatric practice.

Additionally one young person (a member of the Young National Children’s Bureau) was asked for her comments on two of the articles, and these are included in an attempt to add a different perspective in order to identify key issues. We hope you enjoy…

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