Children, Family and the State

Decision-Making and Child Participation

Nigel Thomas

Children, Family and the State
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Nigel Thomas

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2002
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781861344489 Published October 2002 For sale in North and South America only
What part should children take in decisions about their lives? Does their need to be involved in decisions conflict with adult responsibility for their welfare? In its search for answers to these questions, 'Children, family and the state' examines different theories of childhood, children's rights and the relationship between children, parents and the state. Focusing on children who are looked after by the state, it reviews the changing objectives of the care system and the extent to which children have been involved in decisions about their care.
List of Tables and Figures
Foreword by Malcolm Hill

1. Introduction
2. Theories of Childhood
3. Psychology of Childhood
4. Rights of Childhood
5. Children, Parents and the State
6. Children Looked After by the State
7. Doing Research with Children
8. Patterns of Participation
9. Children's views
10. Adults' Views
11. Making Sense of the Research
12. Children's Decisions and Children's Place

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