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Child play therapists’ understanding and application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: a narrative analysis

Edwards, Jane, Parson, Judi and O'Brien, Wendy 2016, Child play therapists’ understanding and application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: a narrative analysis, International journal of play therapy, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 133-145.

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Title Child play therapists’ understanding and application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: a narrative analysis
Author(s) Edwards, JaneORCID iD for Edwards, Jane orcid.org/0000-0002-2705-8478
Parson, JudiORCID iD for Parson, Judi orcid.org/0000-0002-7566-8713
O'Brien, Wendy
Journal name International journal of play therapy
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 133
End page 145
Total pages 11
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1939-0629
Summary Narrative inquiry was used to explore the ways in which play therapy practitioners understand and uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in their practice. Seven play therapy practitioners responded to questions about their experiences of working within a rights-based framework. Analysis of their responses revealed 5 themes: Child play therapy upholds Article 39; respondents demonstrated an implicit rather than explicit understanding of children’s rights; children are sometimes perceived only in terms of their behaviors; there can be a tension between the rights of the child and adults’ rights; and therapists aim to support children’s right to choice, privacy, and confidentiality, but this is not always easy. These findings are intended to support further development of curriculum and course content for trainee therapists and professional development for practitioners. The results add further evidence regarding the need to engage a rights framework when developing policy for early years therapeutic support services.
Language eng
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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