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

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Abstract

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
JournalChildren and Society
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • 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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