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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethics: caring for children and young people

Ethics: caring for children and young people

(p.212) (p.213) Fifteen Ethics: caring for children and young people

David Hodgson

Policy Press

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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