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Rethinking Laws Regulating Child Protection

Our legal system increasingly takes seriously the need to protect children from harm. We have seen the enactment of impressive reforms that permit more-aggressive criminal justice system responses. We also have seen the development of a child welfare system devoted to the protection of children believed to have been abused or neglected by their families, a system that permits intervention especially when children are deemed “at risk” of harm. Both of these systems have the power to transform children's relationships, and the systems make full use of this power not only to transform but also to terminate relationships deemed problematic and unre-mediable. Together, the breadth and depth of laws supporting the state's ability to intervene in children's lives is nothing short of phenomenal.

In the name of child protection, the criminal justice system wields considerable power. That power rests on the basic supposition that society has an interest in protecting children from maltreatment...

Keywords

Child Maltreatment Legal System Child Welfare Criminal Justice System Child Protection 
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