Relational Aspects in the Regulation of Systems for Protecting Children
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
October 19, 2010
Communities, Children and Families Australia, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 31-35, 2009
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/98
One of the key points Braithwaite, Harris and Ivec (this issue) make is that the formal child protection system, with its largely coercive approach, intrudes upon and discourages the informal regulatory and self-regulatory processes in families and communities. An essential element of these processes is the way relationships are managed, and these relational aspects are the focus of this commentary. Relational features are central to several aspects of regulation outlined by Braithwaite et al. (this issue) – the purpose, consequences and manner of intervention of formal regulatory processes in the child protection system. In particular, providing families and children affected by the decision-making process a chance to be heard; protecting children’s relationships with those who are important to them; and building networks around children in care are essential relational features of a system that is respectful and supportive.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: relational processes, participation, alternative dispute resolution, procedural justice
JEL Classification: K10, K30
Date posted: October 21, 2010
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