Childrens’s right in policy and poverty: An analysis of Iceland, Norway and the UK

Tímarit Chynthia Jeans


This article presents the analysis of three areas oFchild policy assumed by scholars and recent research to relieve child pover-ty: child benefits, child support and early childhood education and care (ECEC) from a children's rights perspective by com-paring Iceland, Norway and the UK, 1991-201 I asking when, ifand how do children's rights emerge in these policies. A new framework was created combining both children's rights and child poverty theories with comparative analysis. The results indicate that when and in what Form children's rights emerged riot only suggests a classification orthe three states: Iceland as an Equality-Integrity Rights based system; Norway an Integri-ty Rights based system; and the UK a Family-Centred/Social Investment system. It also opened up an understanding of the three policy areas studied; i.e. that the triangular relationship between the state, parent and child is very important and poli-cy specific. These results can help guide policymakers in their se-arch for evidence-based policies, as well as offering activists, researchers and social workers a simple, sophisticated tool to gauge children's rights in policies


child poverty; children's rights; child policy; child support; child benefit; ECEC; barnafátækt; réttindi barna; félagsmálastefnur barna; meðlag; barnabætur; leikskólar


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