Topic 4- Children in contemporary Britain

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Topic 4- Children in contemporary Britain

  • The causes of child-centredness :

1. Growing parental fears for child safety

2. Smaller families- More attentions and care

3. Welfare state- Support children,encourages parents to look after properly. Social workers: Children's Act 1989- Established children's legal rights

4. Shorter working week- More time spent on children

5. Higher living standards

6. Children's consumer market- Margo: Children taking greater control over family spending

7. Paediatrics and emphasis on parenting skills

8. Complusary education- Young people dependent on parents longer

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Topic 4- Children in contemporary Britain

  • Has the position of children improved or worsened? Inequalities& problems of children

-Legal controls over children: Laws restricting what children can do, preventing children from engaging in activities which they are too young for

-Unhappy children: Womack- Children are said to be the unhappiest the West- Family breakdown, cause of dreaded childhood. Parents blamed for not socialising and supervising children properly. They should assert some independence from suffocation of child-centredness. 3000 crimes- Under 10, below age of criminal responsibility- Too young to be prosecuted, reported every year. Rees: 9% of young people run away from home overnight at least once a year. UNICEF: Children growing up in poorest realtionships suffer from greater deprivation. 3.7 million children classified as living in poverty (2010)

-Child and sibling abuse: Sexual, physical, emotional abuse and neglect. Children remain equal to adults , consequence of dependence on adults- CHILD ABUSE. Between brothers and sisters, emotional,physical and sexually agressive behaviour. 40% of children admitted to bullying their siblings. NSPCC: 2005, One-fifth of teenage girls were hit by parents. NSPCC: 2005, 1 in 5 children had been maltreated during childhood

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