What part should children take in decisions about their lives? Does their need to be involved in decisions conflict with adult responsibility for their welfare? In its search for answers to these questions, Children, family and the state examines different theories of childhood, children's rights and the relationship between children, parents and the state. Focusing on children who are looked after by the state, it reviews the changing objectives of the care system and the extent to which children have been involved in decisions about their care.
Nigel Thomas is Professor of Childhood and Youth Research at the University of Central Lancashire. He was a social work practitioner and manager for many years before taking up an academic career.
Contents: Foreword by Malcolm Hill; Introduction; Theories of childhood; Psychology of childhood; Rights of childhood; Children, parents and the state; Children looked after by the state; Doing research with children; Patterns of participation; Children's views; Adults' views; Making sense of the research; Children's decisions and children's place.