Children, Family and the State: Decision Making and Child Participation

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What part should children take in decisions about their lives? Does their need to be involved in decisions conflict with adult responsibility for their welfare? In its search for answers to these questions, 'Children, family and the state' examines different theories of childhood, children's rights and the relationship between children, parents and the state. Focusing on children who are looked after by the state, it reviews the changing objectives of the care system and the extent to which children have been ...

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Overview

What part should children take in decisions about their lives? Does their need to be involved in decisions conflict with adult responsibility for their welfare? In its search for answers to these questions, 'Children, family and the state' examines different theories of childhood, children's rights and the relationship between children, parents and the state. Focusing on children who are looked after by the state, it reviews the changing objectives of the care system and the extent to which children have been involved in decisions about their care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861344489
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Thomas, Department of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures Foreword by Malcolm Hill Acknowledgements

1. Introduction
2. Theories of Childhood
3. Psychology of Childhood
4. Rights of Childhood
5. Children, Parents and the State
6. Children Looked After by the State
7. Doing Research with Children
8. Patterns of Participation
9. Children's views
10. Adults' Views
11. Making Sense of the Research
12. Children's Decisions and Children's Place

Notes References Index

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