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Moral outpourings over what children get up to and the dreadful things that adults do to children are part of the daily diet that is fed to us by newspapers and broadcasting media. Moral Agendas for Children's Welfare goes behind the sensational headlines to question the meaning of morality and moral responsibility towards children in today's society. By raising uncomfortable questions about the moral justifications for current social practices, such as male circumcision, restrictions on child sexual activities and the exclusion of children from school, this book discusses the problems of how to improve the way that social institutions deal with children so as to make them more responsive to moral principles and judgements on their performance. Moral Agendas for Children's Welfare addresses the key issue: What is morality and how can it be translated into guiding principles for children's welfare? It will be essential reading for those studying social policy, social work or undertaking socio-legal studies. David Archard, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Terry Carney, University of Sydney, Australia, Andrew Cooper, Judith Trowell and Gillian Miles all at the Tavistock Clinic, Lo