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Hearing the child

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Child and Family Social Work
Issue number4
Volume14
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)391-399
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Given that in our view the child has a fundamental right to be heard in all collective deliberative processes determining his or her future, we set out, firstly, what is required of such processes to respect this right – namely that the child's authentic voice is heard and makes a difference – and, secondly, the distance between this ideal and practice exemplified in the work of child welfare and child protection workers in Norway and the UK, chiefly in their display of an instrumental attitude to children's views.