Children's Rights and the Developing Law

Children's Rights and the Developing Law

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Following the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998, awareness has increased that we live in a rights-based culture and that children constitute an important group of rights holders. Now in its third edition, Children's Rights and the Developing Law explores the way developing law and policies in England and Wales are simultaneously promoting and undermining the rights of children. It reflects on how far these developments take account of children's interests, using current research on children's needs as a template against which to assess their effectiveness and considering a broad range of topics, including medical law, education and youth justice. A critical approach is maintained throughout, particularly when assessing the extent to which the concept of children's rights is being acknowledged by the courts and policy makers and the degree to which the UK fulfils its obligations under, for example, the UN Convention on the Rights of the more

Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1139168622
  • 9781139168625

Review quote

'At page 459 Fortin states that 'this work seeks to show the sceptic how a rights based approach can be translated into workable policies and legal principles and also that a conscientious attempt to apply these is better than guesswork and intuition.' This indeed is a very laudable aim and in summary, this work of detailed academic and practical fortitude does exactly that ... in plenty.' Family Lawshow more

About Jane Fortin

Jane Fortin is Professor of Law at Sussex University. She writes widely on issues relating to child and family law and is co-editor of the Child and Family Law more

Table of contents

Part I. Theoretical Perspectives and International Sources: 1. Theoretical perspectives; 2. International children's rights; Part II. Promoting Consultation and Decision-Making: 3. Adolescent autonomy and parents; 4. Leaving home, rights to support and emancipation; 5. Adolescent decision-making and health care; 6. Promoting consultation and decision-making in schools; 7. Children's involvement in family proceedings - rights to representation; 8. Children in court - their welfare, wishes and feelings; Part III. Children's Rights and Parents' Powers: 9. Children's rights versus family privacy - physical punishment and financial support; 10. Parents' decisions and children's health rights; 11. Educational rights for children in minority groups; 12. Educational rights for children with disabilities; 13. Children's right to know their parents - the significance of the blood tie; 14. Children's right to know and be brought up by their parents; 15. An abused child's right to state protection; 16. Right to protection in state care and to state accountability; 17. The right of abused children to protection by the criminal law; 18. Protecting the rights of young offenders; 19. Conclusion - themes and the way ahead; Appendix I: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; Appendix II: Human Rights Act more