Establishing children's wishes and feelings for family court reports: the significance attached to the age of the child

Mantle, Greg and Leslie, Jane and Parsons, Sarah and Plenty, Jackie and Shaffer, Ray (2006) Establishing children's wishes and feelings for family court reports: the significance attached to the age of the child. Childhood, 13 (4). pp. 499-518. ISSN 0907-5682

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568206068560

Abstract

Current UK government policy is to promote mediation as a way of avoiding family court proceedings and there is a risk, therefore, that welfare report-writing practice may receive less critical attention than it merits. A largely unstudied aspect of this practice is the significance given by practitioners to the child's age. More widely, across a broad academic and policy canvas, preoccupying concerns with children's rights, their ability to participate and their individuality have shifted attention away from questions about the age relatedness of competence. Two sets of findings from recent research are presented in this article: first, statistical data relating to the age of children involved in welfare report enquiries; and, second, data drawn from a qualitative study of how private lawpractitioners establish the wishes and feelings of children of different ages.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: age, children, competence, divorce, social work
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2010 10:53
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 12:36
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/109007

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