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Acknowledge the Mini-Adult

Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

in Growing Up and Away

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071266
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071266.003.0006
Acknowledge the Mini-Adult

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This chapter focuses on the policies and initiatives that created a new governance architecture for child development based on the idea of the child as an adult-in-the-making. It became the duty of the State to ‘provide adequate services to children, both before and after birth, and through the period of growth, to ensure their full physical, mental, and social development’. But despite the availability of a single policy framework that covered the entire childhood experience, services for children were designed and administered by a range of government ministries and departments.

Keywords: child policy; children's services; physical development; mental development; social development

Chapter.  12227 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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