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Children, Agency and Violence: In and beyond the United Nations study on violence against children

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This paper examines the role of child agency as it relates to child protection. The focus arises from recognition that child protection approaches can be ineffective, and even counterproductive, when local context is not given sufficient attention (Bissell et al., 2007). The prevailing child protection models - child rescue, social services and medical models - commonly neglect local community assets, including the role of children themselves. Yet in many cases these assets may play a critical role, particularly when family and community are the primary line of defence to protect children from violence and exploitation. Rethinking child protection from a rights perspective requires building on empirical and theoretical understandings of child agency and child development, and the interactions between them.

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  • Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, 2009. "Children, Agency and Violence: In and beyond the United Nations study on violence against children," Papers inwopa09/64, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa09/64
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    1. Gerison Lansdown, 2005. "The Evolving Capacities of the Child," Papers innins05/18, Innocenti Insights.
    2. Ruth Alsop & Mette Bertelsen & Jeremy Holland, 2006. "Empowerment in Practice : From Analysis to Implementation," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6980.
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    child protection; children's participation; legal provisions; violence;

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