Research from the perspective of children.

Bessell, Sharon & Gal, Tali (2009) Forming Partnerships: The Human Rights of Children in Need of Care and Protection. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 17, 283-298.

Abstract

The authors propose a model for engaging children in child protection which recognizes their needs, human rights and citizenship. In the conclusion to their paper, the authors propose that this approach would afford children dignity, respect and give them some control over their lives. They argue that recognizing children as citizens gives status to their claims for human rights and meeting of basic needs.  Furthermore, they through recognizing children’s citizenship, due respect is given to the responsibilities and roles that many children shoulder, but which are often ignored or undervalued, including for the care of family members. Finally, the authors conclude: “we have sought to synthesise children’s human rights, basic needs and citizenship into the concept of partnership … Partnership with children is a means of redefining the relationship between children and those who hold power over them (most – and usually all adults with whom they come into contact in the care and protection system). Partnership may provide a means of developing genuinely child-inclusive approaches to care and protection, that value children’s views and experiences and engage with children on their own – rather than on adults – terms” (p. 296).

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