This book identifies the definition of a child within the law, the rights of children, and discusses the extent to which primarily English law gives adequate recognition to and protection of these rights.
To what extent does English law gives adequate recognition to and protection of the rights of children? Historically the idea of and protection of rights has focused on parental rights rather than the rights of the child. The rights of children have remained far less recognised and certain until recently. Using case studies from the United Kingdom and beyond, this book takes a thematic approach to children’s rights and considers topics including: underlying concepts such as the welfare of the child and safeguarding, the right to education and to medical treatment, the right to freedom from abuse and/or sexual and commercial exploitation, including contemporary challenges from forced marriage, FGM, modern slavery and trafficking, the role of the State in relation to children in need of care and protection, children's rights in the criminal justice system, the right to contract and employment. In addition, the book provides an introduction to key aspects of domestic and international law, including the Children Act 1989, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.
The book will be of great interest to law and social science students in the areas of Child Development and Protection, Human Rights Law, Family Law, Child Law, and Child Studies, as well as to social workers, police officers, magistrates, probation officers and other related professions.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction And Legal Framework
Chapter 2 Basic Principles, Status And Identity
Chapter 3 Children And Medicine
Chapter 4 Children And Education
Chapter 5 Freedom From Abuse
Chapter 6 Child Protection
Chapter 7 Criminal Justice
Chapter 8 Finance, Contract, Employment
Appendix A When Can A Child?
Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, formerly Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, University of London.