Making of Tomorrow's Adult

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

in Growing Up and Away

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI:
Making of Tomorrow's Adult

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This chapter analyzes how the perception of children as tomorrow's citizens influenced the relationships of the child with the State, and also with the community of social workers. The idea of the child, as an asset, a human resource to be developed, was first articulated during the Second Five-Year Plan period. In 1958, as preparations for the Third Five-Year Plan were beginning, the Indian Council for Child Welfare called for a paradigm shift in child welfare. They wanted the State to view the child as an investment in the future, see the child less as the dependent today, and more as a citizen of tomorrow, thus an adult-in-the-making.

Keywords: children; State; social workers; Indian Council for Child Welfare

Chapter.  15583 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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