The Voice of the Child in Child Protection: Whose Voice?

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The Voice of the Child in Child Protection: Whose Voice?:

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The Voice of the Child in Child Protection

Contributors

Author: Margaret Bruce

Publisher: Social Sciences, Vol.3(3), pp.514-526

Date: 2014

Geographic Coverage: Scotland

Type of Resource: Report

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation: Unknown

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Adult processes, Children’s Rights, Decision-making, Participation, Protection, Report writing

Introduction

This paper draws upon research undertaken in Scotland but the findings of the study are relevant across the UK and beyond.

Child protection documentation including reports and case conference minutes were analysed to assess to what extent the child’s views were presented to, and considered in, decision making forums. In particular the study considers how the child’s views and wishes are represented in writing, and highlights the ways which professionals filtered and interpreted the child’s view rather than presented it in its pure form.