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Kirki Patsianta has been leading an initiative aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of babies and infants (children aged 0-8 years old) in Greece.


Α. A «Mini Guide» to Children's Rights in Early Childhood (0-8)
As a first step, Kirki  has created a «Mini Guide» (illustrations: Network for Children's Rights) explaining to parents, who have just welcomed a new member to their family, the rights their child has according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Due to their young age, babies and infants are not able to exercise their rights by themselves; their parents have a key role to play as they are the ones who will help their children exercise their rights. Τherefore,  parents should be fully informed on the rights their children enjoy.
The «Mini Guide» is based on
the General Comment n° 7 (2005) Implementing child rights in early childhood of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and is currently available in Greek only (see pictures on the left/attachments below).
The whole idea behind this initiative is to point out that children should enjoy their rights right from birth. Early childhood (children aged 0-8 years old) is an extremely important part of a child’s life as it majorly influences his or her future development. Unfortunately, Greece lacks efficient policies and legislation which could ensure the effective protection of children’s rights in early childhood and enable them to enjoy these rights according to their capabilities; consequently, babies and infants are practically «invisible» in Greece.
This «Mini Guide» is a first step towards drawing attention to the important issue of young children’s rights in Greece.


B. A highly significant textbook on Young Children’s Rights (0-8)
Kirki was involved in the writting of a textbook on children's aged 0-8.
Written to commemorate 30 years since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),
The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights reflects upon the status of children aged 0–8 years around the world, whether they are respected or neglected, and how we may move forward. With contributions from international experts and emerging authorities on children’s rights, Murray, Blue Swadener and Smith have produced this highly significant textbook on young children’s rights globally.
Containing sections on policy, along with rights to protection, provision and participation for young children, this book combines discussions of children’s rights and early childhood development, and investigates the crucial yet frequently overlooked link between the two. The authors examine how policy, practice and research could be utilised to address the barriers to universal respect for children, to create a safer and more enriching world for them to live and flourish in.

The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Rights is an essential resource for students and academics in early childhood education, social work and paediatrics, as well as for researchers, policymakers, leaders and practitioners involved in the provision of children’s services and paedeatric healthcare, and international organisations with an interest in or ability to influence national or global policies on children’s rights.
This book includes the comparative study of legislation, policies and practices in Greece and Scotland regarding the implementation of children’s rights in early childhood that Kirki  has carried out with Dr Kristina Konstantoni, Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.
Patsianta Kyriaki and Krinstina Konstantoni. 2019. «Young Children’s Rights in ‘Tough’ Times: Towards an Intersectional Children’s Rights Policy Agenda in Greece and Scotland»
The article «Babies in Greece and Scotland» available on the
Νόστιμον ήμαρ website, in Greek only, offers a popularized version of this study. 

Mini Guide I

Mini Guide II