Child Maltreatment and the Law

Returning to First Principles
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ISBN-13:
9780387799179
Einband:
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Erscheinungsdatum:
09.10.2008
Seiten:
228
Autor:
Roger J. R. Levesque
Gewicht:
512 g
Format:
241x160x17 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Dramatic cases of child abuse and neglect are featured with tragic regularity in the news. The stories vividly demonstrate both the urgent need for improved child protection services and the unwieldiness and ineffectiveness of the systems charged with the task. To complicate matters further, the original intent of child welfare policy is becoming increasingly obscured as legal responses to child maltreatment become more complex, intrusive, and even contradictory.
Fueled by a consistent narrative and a lucid ethical stance, Child Maltreatment and the Law analyzes the increasing role legal systems play in family life and traces rapidly evolving legal concepts as they apply to child protection. This unique volume helps readers: (1) Navigate the various layers of legal regulation - federal and state - involved in child protection and family life. (2) Identify variations and discrepancies in definitions of maltreatment and legal responses. (3) Critique the relationships and boundary disputes between the criminal and civil justice systems and agencies dedicated to children's welfare. (4) Analyze controversies (e.g., removing children from maltreating families) and other prime areas for possible reform.

Child Maltreatment and the Law is a must-read for psychologists, developmentalists, sociologists, social workers, criminologists, and researchers focusing on family life as well as policymakers and advocates working within the legal system. The book is particularly useful for courses relating to child welfare law or child abuse and neglect.
Presents a comprehensive and specific analysis of the nature of individuals' rights within families
Introduction: The Nature and Limits of Child Maltreatment Law.- The Increasingly Curious Response to Children's Harms.- The Legal Regulation of Family Life.- Families, Child Welfare, and the Constitution.- Suitable Families and Parents in Law.- Legal Responses to Child Maltreatment.- Defining Maltreatment and Permitting Startlingly Broad State Intervention.- Removing Children From Maltreating Families.- Enlisting Criminal Justice Systems in Child Protection.- Shifting Rules Regulating the Role of Expertise.- Returning to Child Welfare Law's Foundations.- Rethinking Laws Regulating Child Protection.
Fueled by a consistent narrative and a lucid ethical stance, this book analyzes the increasing role legal systems play in family life and traces rapidly evolving legal concepts as they apply to child protection.

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