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Galvanised by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many jurisdictions now recognise children’s rights to participate in decisions that affect them. While such legal rights have increased, research on family law proceedings shows how children’s views can still be undermined, ignored or not even sought in decisions about them. This article uses the academic resources of childhood studies, to consider dominant and alternative narratives of children’s participation within Scottish family law. Drawing upon reported case law and empirical research, the article concludes that children’s participation gains protection by being institutionalised but children’s participation is attenuated because it is not recognised as relational and contextual. As rationality, consistency and autonomy are privileged, the weight given to children’s views is lessened by concerns about children being manipulated or distressed. Courts and their decisions may be child-focused, centring on children’s welfare, but they are not child-inclusive, involving children in decision-making.
- family law
- children’s rights
Tisdall, K. & Elsley, S.
1/04/11 → 30/09/12
16/04/08 → 31/08/10
Tisdall, K., 7 Mar 2018, In: The International Journal of Children's Rights. 26, 1, p. 159-182
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile