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Children Taken Seriously

In Theory, Policy and Practice
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In Children Taken Seriously, leading researchers and policy makers consider how children can be recognized as social actors rather than passive consumers or victims. Using children's own views and experiences as a starting point, they explore how children can be involved as partners in the decision-making processes that affect them, in social work, education, health care and broader social policies.

Chapters on the theoretical background draw parallels between developments in children's and women's rights, and discuss communication issues and social and sexual constructions of children. Other chapters explore issues of policy and practice in a variety of areas, from Family Group Conferencing and child protection to child labour and notions of active citizenship. Highlighting the important role of schools in empowering children, the authors discuss children's engagement in and participation in their own education and how children's rights theory influences debates over discipline.

This accessible and thought-provoking book is a rich source of insight and ideas for social workers, teachers, mental health professionals and anyone working with children.
  • Published: Jan 15 2005
  • Pages: 304
  • ISBN: 9781843102502
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Press Reviews

  • Social Policy, Cambridge University Press

    This edited collection of papers from mostly Australian researchers and practitioners is concerned with how children can be recognised as social actors rather than passive consumers or victims. Drawing on the paradigm of the new childhood studies, it crosses disciplinary boundaries and covers policy and practice over a range of topics, including child labour, active citizenship, Family Group Conferencing, pre-school programmes and child protection. Its target audience is `those who have the desire and the power to promote children being taken seriously individually and as a group', including social workers, teachers, mental health professionals and others working with children.
  • 0-19 Magazine

    The book has a blend of theoretical perspectives that may appeal to anyone working in children's rights services or in a research or policy role. There is a wealth of information devoted to the consideration of children as important beings, visible in their own right... The content is topical and extremely worthwhile.