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Title: Contested views of expertise in children's care and permanence proceedings
Author(s): Hill, Malcolm
Welch, Vicki
Gadda, Andressa
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Keywords: Permanence
Children's Hearings
legal representation
best interests
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Hill M, Welch V & Gadda A (2017) Contested views of expertise in children's care and permanence proceedings. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 39 (1), pp. 42-66.
Abstract: In this article, we consider different perspectives on who is best able to provide relevant and helpful expertise in public law cases where the long-term care of children is under consideration. Opinions vary and sometimes conflict on the respective importance of legal, child development, and lay understandings. These opinions relate to views on rights, appropriate procedures, decision-making processes, and the effects of decisions on children. Firstly, we summarise literature relevant to the knowledge and skills of three key groups of decision-makers within the Scottish child care system: legal professionals, child care professionals and lay decision-makers, and outline literature about guardiansad litemand their counterparts. We then discuss issues of expertise emerging from a study exploring the reasons for, and impact of, the appointment of safeguarders (who, in Scotland, perform a similar role to guardians). We conclude that there may be an increasing tendency for disagreement and a lack of clarity about who brings the most relevant and helpful expertise to hearings; this may have negative effects for children.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09649069.2016.1272781
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