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Advancing Children’s Rights in Detention

A Model for International Reform

By Ursula Kilkelly and Pat Bergin

Published

Nov 19, 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529213218

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 19, 2021

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529213232

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Advancing Children’s Rights in Detention

The UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty detailed many children’s poor experiences in detention, highlighting the urgent need for reform.

Applying a child-centred model of detention that fulfils the rights of the child under the five themes of Provision, Protection, Participation, Preparation and Partnership, this original book illustrates how reform can happen. Drawing on Ireland’s experience of transforming law, policy and practice and combining theory with real-life experiences, this compelling book demonstrates how children’s rights can be implemented in detention.

This important case study of reform presents a powerful argument for a progressive, rights-based approach to child detention. Worthy of international application, the book shares practical insights into how theory can be translated into practice.

"A nuanced, detailed, critical analysis of a child-centered approach to detention with a unique focus on practical application of child rights theory, policy and standards. A must-read for every child rights advocate who cares about youth justice." Nancy E. Dowd, University of Florida

Ursula Kilkelly is Professor of law in the School of Law at University College Cork. She is chairperson of the Board of Management, Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

Pat Bergin was the first Director of Oberstown Children Detention Campus. He is now Head of Service at the National Forensic Mental Health Service.

Introduction

1. Children’s Rights in Detention

2. Children’s Rights in Detention: An International Perspective

3. Youth Justice in Ireland

4. Child Detention in Ireland

5. Oberstown and the Process of Change

6. Advancing Children’s Rights to Child-Centred Care

7. Advancing Children’s Rights to Protection

8. Supporting the Advancement of Children’s Rights

9. International and National Influences

10. Conclusions and Learning