Children in contemporary Britain

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    • THE CAUSES OF CHILD- CENTREDNESS
      • Smaller families- More attention& care
      • Shorter working week- More time spent on children
      • Higher living standards
      • Welfare state- Support children, encourages parents to look after properly
        • Social workers; Children's Act 1989- established children's legal rights
      • Paediatrics and emphasise on parenting skills
      • Compulsory education- YP dependent on parents for longer
      • Growing parental fears for child safety
      • Children's consumer market
        • Margo- Children taking greater control over family spending
    • HAS THE POSITION OF CHILDREN IMPROVED OR WORSEND?
      • Status of children has improved- Better diets, better medical care, more rights, protected& cared for
      • INEQUALITIES& PROBLEMS OVER CHILDREN
        • Legal controls over children-
          • Laws restricting what children can do, preventing children from engaging in activities which are they are too young for
        • Unhappy children-
          • Womack (2011)- Children are said to be the unhappiest in West-
            • Family breakdown-  Cause of dreaded childhood
          • UNICEF- Children growing up in poorest relationships- Suffer greater deprivation
          • 3.7 million children classified as living poverty (2012)
          • Rees- 9% YP aged 14-16 run away from home overnight at least once a year
          • 3,000 crimes- under 10= Below age of criminal responsibility - Too young to be prosecuted-Reported every year
          • Parents blamed for not socialising& supervising children properly
            • WHAT? Assert some independece from suffocation of child-centredenss
        • Child& Sibling abuse-
          • Remain unequal to adults- consequence of dependence on adults- CHILD ABUSE
          • Sexual abuse, Physical abuse, Emotional abuse ,Neglect
          • Report in NSPCC 2011- 1 in 5 children had been maltreated during childhood
          • NSPCC 2005- one-fifth of teenage girls were hit by parents
          • Between brothers and sisters- Emotional, physical& sexually aggressive behaviour
          • 40% of children admitted to bullying their siblings

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