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  1. Moli Paul
  1. Correspondence to:
    Moli Paul
    Warwick Medical School, Gibbet Hill, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK; moli.paul{at}


This article provides an overview of different types of rights to aid consideration of, and debate about, children and young people’s rights in the context of paediatrics and child health. It demonstrates how children’s rights may or may not differ from adult rights and the implications for practice. It shows that applying a children’s rights framework can be more helpful in pursuing a public child health agenda than in reducing ethical or legal conflicts when interacting with child patients and their families.

  • GMC, General Medical Council
  • HRA, Human Rights Act 1998
  • NHS, National Health Service
  • RCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • UNCRC, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • children’s rights
  • ethics

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  • Funding: None.

  • Competing interests: The author is a member of the Warwick Equity & Children’s Rights Research Group, which is the UK research arm of the RCPCH/AAP Equity Project.

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