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Voices heard and unheard - A Scandinavian perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9153-2552
2014 (English)In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, ISSN 0964-9069, E-ISSN 1469-9621, Vol. 36, no 4, 381-391 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Children's rights to participate in legal processes concerning them have been a key policy issue for the Scandinavian legislators during recent decades. From the 1980s, there have been frequent amendments to the law to secure the position of the child. Despite numerous provisions stating the right of the child to express his or her views and for these to be considered before decisions are taken, there are continuing obstacles to full recognition of children as legal subjects. Too often children's voices are not heard or not heeded. This article explores the reasons for this and argues that the ambition to promote equal parenthood is one reason for the failure to give the child's views real impact on decision-making in matters concerning children.

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2014. Vol. 36, no 4, 381-391 p.
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children's participation, equal parenthood, parental responsibilities, shared residence, assisted reproduction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244376DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2014.967986OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-244376DiVA: diva2:788654
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-02-16 Last updated: 2015-02-23Bibliographically approved

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