The experience of parents of children in care: the human rights issue

Ainsworth, Frank, and Hansen, Patricia (2011) The experience of parents of children in care: the human rights issue. Child & Youth Services, 32 (1). pp. 9-18.

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There is a growing body of international literature about birth parents' negative experience of child protection services. This article reviews some of this literature and adds recent Australian materials to it. It is then argued that the over-reliance on "the best interest of the child" construct is the base from which these negative experiences emanate. The argument is that in adopting this construct parents' rights have been removed in favor of children's rights. This violates parents' human rights. Such an approach lacks balance, as human rights are inalienable and cannot be the exclusive property of only one party.

Item ID: 19256
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-2298
Keywords: human rights; parents' rights; risk of harm; the best interests of the child
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 05:49
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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