Citizen child: Australian law and children's rights

Citizen child: Australian law and children's rights

Kathleen Funder

Historical publication— December 1996
Citizen child: Australian law and children's rights

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child focuses attention as never before on Australia's moral and legal obligations towards children.

Citizen Child is a thought-provoking review of current Australian law and practice by some of our foremost / commentators on children's rights and child policy. The authors face the challenging questions: Can police detain or fingerprint a young child? Can schools enforce dress codes or discipline students for unruly behaviour? What right has an adopted child to knowledge of his or her biological parents? When is a child no longer a "child" under Australian law? How does "rights talk" fit in with notions of love, family, caring and responsibility?

Citizen Child has immediate relevance to professionals providing services for children including teachers, courisellors, family lawyers and mediators, medical practitioners, community and child protection workers, and tertiary students.

An Australian Institute of Family Studies project.

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Historical publication
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, December 1996.
287 pp.

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