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Professional Responsibility When Dealing with Parental Irresponsibility

Sir Alan Ward

in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.003.0006
Professional Responsibility When Dealing with Parental Irresponsibility

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This chapter discusses the ethical problems in the family. To recognize such irresponsibility is not usually difficult: parents are irresponsible when they fail in the trust and duty which nature and society impose upon them to promote and safeguard the well-being of their children. A theme of this chapter considers if the child's welfare in any way dictates the path which professionals are bound to follow. The paramountcy of welfare is certainly the bed-rock of the Children Act 1989. The challenge of this paper is to consider whether that bed-rock is always rock solid, or whether it is a water-bed changing its shape according to the pressure put upon it. Topics discussed include professional responsibility and academic responsibility.

Keywords: professional responsibility; parental irresponsibility; family; ethics; Children Act; academic responsibility

Chapter.  6155 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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