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NCJ Number: 48878 Find in a Library
Title: CHILDREN'S RIGHTS - PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES
Journal: BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL  Volume:2  Issue:6039  Dated:(OCTOBER 2, 1976)  Pages:775-776
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: British Medical Assoc
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: British Medical Assoc
London, WC1 H9JR, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: SOME OF THE FEATURES OF GREAT BRITAIN'S 1975 CHILDREN'S ACT RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE AND FOSTER CARE ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: THE MAIN THRUST OF THE 1975 CHILDREN'S ACT WHICH EMPHASIZES THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IS COMMENDED. IT IS NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT THE RIGHTS PROTECTED CAN ONLY BE REALIZED IF PEDIATRICIANS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND LAWYERS COOPERATE TO IDENTIFY THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF PLAN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YOUTHS CHILDHOOD YEARS. IF A CARE ORDER IS SOUGHT IN THE COURTS, THE ACT PROVIDES THAT THE COURT MUST BE SATISFIED THAT PROPER DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD HAS BEEN AVOIDABLY NEGLECTED OR IMPAIRED. CONTEMPORARY DETAILED INSIGHTS INTO WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ADEQUATE CHILD DEVELOPMENT GIVE THE COURTS OBJECTIVE STANDARDS FOR MEASURING ABUSE, AND SCIENTIFIC TESTS FOR DETERMINING THE LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT CAN PROVIDE THE COURTS WITH LEGITIMATE EVIDENCE TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT ABUSE HAS OCCURRED. THE ACT'S INTENTION TO 'FIRST CONSIDER THE WELFARE OF THE CHILD' IS ALSO SHOWN TO APPLY TO FOSTER CARE. THE LAW PROVIDES THAT IF A CHILD HAS BEEN UNDER FOSTER FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS, AND THE PARENTS APPLY TO HAVE THE CHILD RETURNED TO THEM, THE FOSTER PARENTS CAN APPLY TO THE COURT FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF 'FREEZE' DURING WHICH THE CHILD STAYS WITH THEM WHILE SOCIAL WORKERS ASSESS THE PROBLEM AND PREPARE THE CHILD FOR ANY CHANGE THAT MAY OCCUR. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE IMPLICATIONS OF 'CHILDREN'S RIGHTS' FOR 'PARENTS' RIGHTS' BE EXPLORED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Laws and Statutes
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