Early Childhood Law


This module is designed to introduce students to the legal framework that govern early childhood. Students will be familiarised with Irish legislation pertaining to rights or the child. The module will track the historical development of legislation that impacts upon the welfare of children and families and it will also consider international human rights instruments which must frame the Irish approach.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Have an awareness of the sources of law and the impact that each of these sources of law have on the area of early childhood;

  2. Evidence a knowledge of the national legal framework in relation to children;

  3. Have a nascent understanding of international Human Rights instruments which inform and frame the Irish Legal Framework;

  4. Critically analyse Ireland's response to our obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;

  5. Articulate current challenges, and possible future directions, for the legal framework which governs early childhood.

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