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Perspectives in Child Care Policy 2nd ed

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Lorraine Fox HardingLecturer in Social Policy, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

ISBN13: 9780582276840
ISBN: 0582276845
Published: February 1998
Publisher: Pearson Education Ltd
Format: paperback (C format)
Price: £46.99



Child care law and policy issues generate very strong emotions and raise crucial questions concerning the role of the state. For example, when should the state intervene and use the force of the law to protect children? Do children have the same rights as adults? Such questions are considered in this text, in the light of well-publicized child abuse cases, official enquiries, and a government review which led to the passing of the Children Act in 1989.;The text presents four different value perspectives on child care policy - ""laissez-faire"", state paternalism, defence of the birth family, and children's rights. These perspectives differ in their underlying values, concepts and assumptions concerning children, families, the rights and powers of parents and the role of the state. Each perspective is provided with a critical examination in this study, showing how they can point to very different policy directions.;The work has been considerably revised and updated since the first edition, taking account of the significant legislative and policy changes in the area of child care. It includes an expanded section on the developments in children's rights.

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Contents:
Foreword.
1. The Importance of Child Care Law and Policy 2. Laissez-faire and Patriarchy 3. Introduction 4. State Paternalism and Child Protection 5. Introduction 6. The Modern Defence of the Birth Family and Parents' Rights 7. Introduction 8. Children's Rights and Child Liberation 9. Introduction 10. Convergences and Divergences 11. Law, Policy and Practice: an Uneasy Synthesis. References. Further Reading. Index