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Dr Daniella Bendo


Assistant Professor, Department of Childhood and Youth Studies, King’s University College at Western University, Canada



Daniella is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Childhood and Youth Studies. She is a critical children’s rights and childhood studies scholar. Daniella completed her PhD in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. She is interested in research that focuses on advocacy, children’s rights, participation, child-centered research methodologies and community engagement with young people. Daniella enjoys hiking/working out, spending time with family and friends, hanging out at the cottage, and travelling.



  • Bendo, D. (2021). Roles, Responsibilities, and Rights: An Organizational Analysis of Provincial and Territorial Child and Youth Advocates and Offices in Canada. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 18, 1-20.
  • Bendo, D., Hepburn, T., & Spencer, D. (2021). Compensating for stigma: Representations of ‘hard to adopt’ children in the Today’s Child. Journal of Childhood Studies, 1-16.
  • Goodwin-De Faria, C., Bendo, D., & Mitchell, R. (2021). Post-covid Childhood-s?: Transdisciplinary Reflections on Participatory Praxis in the Lives of Children and Youth. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 29, 371-399.
  • Morrison, B., Osachoff, A., Caputo, V., & Bendo, D. (2021). Rights, Restoration and Justice for Children: Shaking the Movers in Canada. In A. Wolthuis (Eds.). Restorative Justice and Children’s Rights, (1-25). The Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing.
  • Bendo, D. (2020). “Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference.” Reflecting on the Importance and Impact of Quality Mentorship in Early Career Development. In V. Caputo (Eds.) The Children’s Senator, (176-181). Montreal, Quebec and Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen’s Press.
  • Hepburn, T., Bendo, D., Spencer, D., Sinclair, R., & Bennett, J. (2020). “Their reward will be a lovely daughter in the full meaning of the adjective”: The mobilisation of ‘Hard to Adopt’ and the portrayal of adoption as a gift. Adoption & Culture, 8(2), 228-244.
  • Layton, H., Bendo, D., Amani, B., Bieling, P., & Van Lieshout, R. (2020). Public Health Nurses’ Experience Learning and Delivering a Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Intervention for Postpartum Depression. Public Health Nursing, 37(6), 863-870.
  • Bendo, D. (2019). Parallel Lines? Childhood Discourses Emphasized by the Children’s Rights Movement and the Emerging Field of Children’s Rights Studies. Childhood, 27(2), 173-187.
  • Bendo, D. (2019). “Can Disability be Positive?” Reflecting on Children’s Rights and Disability Through Shaking the Movers: A Youth-led, Consultative, Collaborative, Participatory Model. The Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights, 6(1), 227-241.
  • Bendo, D., Hepburn, T., Spencer, D., & Sinclair, R. (2019). Advertising “Happy” Children: The Settler Family, Happiness, and the Indigenous Child Removal System, Children & Society, 33(5), 399-413.
  • Bendo, D., & Mitchell, R. (2018). The Role of Canada’s Child and Youth Advocates: A Social Constructionist Approach. In M. Freeman (Ed.), Children’s Rights: New Issues, New Themes, New Perspectives (pp. 66-88). Leiden and Boston: Brill. (Reprinted from The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 2017, 25(2), pp. 335-358).
  • Bendo, D. (2018). Discourse Analysis: Investigating Canada’s Child Advocates as Catalysts for Change. In S. Singer, & M. Harkins (Eds.), Educators on Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling: A Reader (pp. 194-214). Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Bendo, D., & Mitchell, R. (2017). The Role of Canada’s Child and Youth Advocates: A Social Constructionist Approach. International Journal of Children’s Rights, 25(2), pp. 335-358.
  • Bendo, D. (2017). An Interview with Landon Pearson: On the Role of a Commissioner for Canada's Children. The Canadian Journal of Children's Rights, 4(2), pp. 92-104.
  • Bendo, D. (2015). Children Have Rights, Right? Child Advocacy in the Lives of young People. Youth Voice Journal, 2056 – 2969, pp. 1-26.


Child and Youth Participation; Children’s Rights and Citizenship; Child and Youth Advocacy; Lived Experiences of Children and Youth; Research Methods Involving Children and Youth; Social, Legal, and Theoretical Constructions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; The Sociology of Childhood; Community Research; Youth and Digital Worlds; Child and Youth Disabilities; Youth Justice System; Indigenous Child Removal System; Climate Change.
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