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Children and Their Families : Contact, Rights and Welfare - Andrew Bainham

Children and Their Families

Contact, Rights and Welfare

By: Andrew Bainham (Editor), Bridget Lindley (Editor), Martin Richards (Editor), Liz Trinder (Editor)

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This book is concerned with the regulation of family relationships, in particular the issue of openness and contact in the many different family situations in which it may arise. The shift towards a presumption of contact, and its articulation within diverse fields of family law and practice raises a whole series of questions which this book seeks to explore. For example: Why has the contact presumption emerged? What is meant by contact, and with whom. What is the value and purpose of it? What makes it work or not work? What is the role of law and other forms of external intervention in promoting, regulating or facilitating contact and to what extent should 'familial' relationships be subject to state regulation? More broadly, what can we infer about current conceptualisations of family, parenting (and the relative importance of social and biological parenthood) and childhood from policy and practice towards contact? These and other questions were explored in a series of seminars organised by the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group in 2002. The book is the product of these seminars. Andrew Bainham, Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Ann Buchanan, Shelley Day Sclater, Judy Dunn, John Eekelaar, Bob Geldof, Jonathan Herring, Claire Hughes, Joan Hunt, Adrian James, Julie Jessop, Felicity Kaganas, Bridget Lindley, Mavis Maclean, Joanna Miles, Katrin Mueller-Johnson, Elsbeth Neil, Jan Pryor, Martin Richards, Bob Simpson, Donna Smith, Liz Trinder

...valuable insights on the law, government policy, and sociological research, as well as a topical consumer critique of the family law system. Helen Rhoades, The University of Melbourne International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family April 2005 ...essential reading for parents and professionals, as it explores the meaning and significance of parent-child relationships after family breakdown An informative and inspirational book for all who care about the well-being of this nation's children. David Cannon Shared Parenting Information Group October 2003 This collection of essays offers valuable insights into different aspects of contact to all those working with families experiencing separation. ChildRIGHT March 2004 The major benefit of this book for me was to highlight the tensions within the different disciplinary perspectives that both explain and complicate the problematic area of continuing contact with children in families that, for whatever reason, become disrupted. The book contains a wealth of data, research studies, literature, ideas and arguments that should be valuable to practitioners as well as academics seeking to engage with the current issues. Fiona Raitt Scolag Legal Journal June 2004 The issue of contact is explored in depth from a variety of perspectives, and results in an informative and compelling read... Family court advisers across the board are likely to find topics and themes that will inform and potentially enhance their professional skills, knowledge and practice. It is the sort of operational and professional issue that CAFCASS, as a social work agency, ought to think long and hard about. All CAFCASS offices should have access to a copy of this book. Jim Lawson, Family Court Adviser Family Court Journal August 2004 ...this collection provides a good review of the social, legal and psychological research that demonstrates the complicated issues faced by the law, by policy-makers and particularly by family members as they come to define and express their children's welfare in the context of contact. Alison Diduck, University College London The British Journal of Sociology May 2005

Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Children and Families
Contact and Children's Perspectives on Parental Relationshipsp. 15
Making and Breaking Relationships: Children and their Familiesp. 33
Children's Contact with Relativesp. 47
The Law and its Limits
Contact as a Right and Obligationp. 61
Connecting Contact: Contact in a Private Law Contextp. 89
Supporting Cross-Household Parenting: Ideas about 'the Family', Policy Formation and Service Development across Jurisdictionsp. 117
Squaring the Circle--the Social, Legal and Welfare Organisation of Contactp. 133
Mothers, Fathers and Children
Contact: Mothers, Welfare and Rightsp. 155
The Real Love that Dare Not Speak its Namep. 171
Fathers after Divorcep. 201
The Hand of the State
Contact for Children Subject to State Interventionp. 223
Contact and the Adoption Reformp. 253
Adoption and Contact: A Research Reviewp. 275
Challenging Contact
Assisted Reproduction and Parental Relationshipsp. 301
Contact in Containmentp. 313
Making Contact Work in International Cases: Promoting Contact Whilst Preventing International Parental Child Abductionp. 335
Disputed Contact Cases in the Courtsp. 365
Working and Not Working Contact after Divorcep. 387
Indexp. 407
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ISBN: 9781841132532
ISBN-10: 1841132535
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 430
Published: 7th September 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1

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