Children's understanding of law
What is it about?
Using a specially-designed digital game, we worked with over 600 children to investigate how far - if at all - they understand the relevance of law in their everyday lives. We found that children have a strong concern for gender equality and good levels of consumer knowledge - but very little understanding of human rights, and confusion about the levels of force adults are allowed to exercise over them.
Why is it important?
We challenge the mainstream view of children as lacking legal capacity and we argue that children have the potential to deal effectively with many of the law-related issues that they encounter in their day to day lives.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Dawn Watkins