Children’s consent to child welfare services: Some explorative remarks

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In this article, children consenting to a care order proposal is explored as a form of meaningful participation as seen by care-experienced young people. In contrast to health care and research ethics, almost no research exists on children's consent to child welfare measures. The findings suggest that instead of approaching children as individualistic rights-holders, a more relational understanding about consenting is required, both conceptually and in practice, to acknowledge the social, emotional and power relations in which children's consent (or objection) becomes topical in child welfare. Without that recognition, consenting may be far from meaningful participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-65
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number1
Early online dateJul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • consensual child welfare
  • consent
  • decision-making
  • participation

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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