Hearing the child

David Archard*, Marit Skivenes

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-399
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 04 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Child protection (policy and practice)
  • Children's rights
  • Social work ethics
  • Youth policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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