Out of the mouths of babes

“We owe it to our children and to the very process of civic reasoning to recognise the fact that children also possess morally relevant feelings and ideas to which serious consideration is due.” Dr Joshua Forstenzer considers children and citizenship.

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Children and Social Work Bill 2016

Overall, there is no mention of strategy – either at national or local level – for either children in care, care leavers, or those who work with them. There is no vision outlined for looked after children’s services, their purpose, resourcing or structure, and the experiences and outcomes for children that should be delivered by those services. Instead there is a focus on tying up loose ends from previous legislation and obliging local authorities to communicate more, rather than deliver more.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

In Medway the children were being treated by ‘the system’ as delinquent, while the review Board saw them as normal children, with symptoms of deeper vulnerabilities. However much practitioners may try to use other paradigms to tackle offending, the justice system adopts a delinquency model of the child as young as 10 as making a moral choice to break the law that should be prosecuted and punished.

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