Children and Vulnerability

  • Jonathan Herring
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Law book series (BRIEFSLAW)


This chapter considers the ways in which children are perceived to be vulnerable. It is argued that this perception creates real harm for children. It encourages overly-paternalistic interventions in the lives of children; it means that children are not listened to properly; and that children’s liberty is infringed. It claims that, ironically, the treatment of children as particularly vulnerable in fact creates dangers for children.


Vulnerability Childhood Paternalism Endangerment Confinement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Exeter CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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