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Preserving Family Sanctity or Protecting Child Welfare? Judicial Attitudes to Post-Adoption Contact in Northern Ireland

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Diver, Alice (2007) Preserving Family Sanctity or Protecting Child Welfare? Judicial Attitudes to Post-Adoption Contact in Northern Ireland. In: ‘Balancing Interests and Pursuing Priorities in Family Law’. Hein (US), pp. 550-562. ISBN 978-0-8377-3834-5 [Book section]

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Abstract

The concept of child welfare ‘paramountcy’ has developed within alegal framework of ‘extreme caution’ (Cobley, 1995:16); high judicial regard for thetraditional notion of family sanctity has ensured that intervention remains ‘difficult’ evenin cases involving urgent child protection (Lyon, 2003:639). The provision of ‘reluctantbut necessary’ family support (Finch, 1989:7) reflects long-held social fears ofjeopardising the family unit’s privileged status; similarly, the values ‘traditionally placedon …the sanctity of the home’ (Allen, 2003:10) continue to subtly inform a culture ofparental ‘ownership’ over children.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
ID Code:9418
Deposited By:Dr Alice Diver
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 08:41
Last Modified:26 Jan 2010 08:41

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