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Ethics: caring for children and young people

David Hodgson

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.003.0015
Ethics: caring for children and young people

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This chapter presents two cases involving children to illustrate the problems and challenges in contemporary childcare practice. These cases also highlight how, in focusing on individual circumstances, attention can be drawn away from broader ethical questions that may be relevant to the treatment of children. A historical and conceptual analysis of childcare discourse charts the interaction between ideas about children's relationships, interests, and rights, concluding that the concept of ‘children's rights’ challenges some conventional ways of interpreting human experience. Insights from this analysis are used to explore four aspects of the reform agenda with a view to promoting respect for human rights in professional practice.

Keywords: child care; child protection; children's rights

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