Child Care Policy, Children’s Rights and The Children Act

  • Marian Brandon
  • Gillian Schofield
  • Liz Trinder
  • Nigel Stone


Beginning in the nineteenth and accelerating in the twentieth century, children’s rights to protection have been increasingly defined, articulated and enforced. Over the past 20 years, this protective stance has been supplemented with the promotion of the rights of children to participate in decisions affecting their lives. In the now famous phrase of Lady Justice Butler-Sloss, there has been a move towards treating the child as ‘a person and not an object of concern’.


Social Work Local Authority Child Welfare Child Protection Social Work Practice 
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Further reading

  1. Brannen, J. and O’Brien, M. (eds) (1996) Children in Families: Research and Policy (Brighton: Falmer Press).Google Scholar
  2. This book of edited chapters is a guide to current issues in the sociology of childhood, in and beyond the UK, that have practical applications for practitioners. The focus on children as subjects of research offers techniques that could be adapted for use in social work practice with children.Google Scholar
  3. Children’s Rights Development Unit (1994) UK Agenda for Children (London: CRDU).Google Scholar
  4. A comprehensive analysis of the extent to which UK law and policy complies with the UN Convention. It contains a vast amount of information on a wide range of issues, including day care, adoption, poverty and homelessness.Google Scholar
  5. Franklin, B. (ed.) (1995) The Handbook of Children’s Rights (London: Routledge).Google Scholar
  6. A collection of articles analysing the legal framework of children’s rights, policy initiatives and international perspectives on children’s rights.Google Scholar
  7. Harding, L. Fox (1991) Perspectives in Child Care Policy (Harlow: Longman).Google Scholar
  8. An original analysis identifying four perspectives that have been influential in British child care policy up to the present day.Google Scholar
  9. Parton, N. (1991) Governing the Family: Child Care, Child Protection and the State (Basingstoke: Macmillan).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. This provides a detailed context to contemporary social work and the state’s role in family life, looking in particular at the influence of child abuse enquiries.Google Scholar

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© Marian Brandon, Gillian Schofield and Liz Trinder 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marian Brandon
  • Gillian Schofield
  • Liz Trinder
  • Nigel Stone

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