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The views of the child: Article 12 and the development of children's rights in Scotland

Kendrick, Andrew (2000) The views of the child: Article 12 and the development of children's rights in Scotland. In: 13th International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect; Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Myth or Reality?, ISPCAN - International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2000-09-03 - 2000-09-06.

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Abstract

Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child calls for state parties to 'assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child'. This paper will discuss the rights of children to express their views in the context of the Scottish legislative system.