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In what way can the idea of rights for young people be seen as consistent with a concern for their welfare?

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In what way can the idea of rights for young people be seen as consistent with a concern for their welfare? Introduction The welfare of young people is a crucial element in society and is influenced by the people that look after them. As adults who work and associate with young people we can help them obtain their welfare entitlements. With the concern for young people's welfare there should also be a concern for the rights that young people have. I will in this essay try to illustrate how young people's autonomous rights are integrated with societies concern for their welfare. Welfare To provide for ones welfare would include some of the following tasks: 1. Looking after them. 2. Making sure they are safe. 3. Meeting their physical needs. 4. Supporting them. 5. Nurturing and caring for them. 6. Teaching them good behaviour and discipline. The type of people that would offer the welfare needed depends on the type of welfare they could be parents, grandparents, welfare professionals and the courts. Bob Coles in his chapter Welfare Services for Young People explains the transition from childhood to adulthood and the move away from dependency on the family to interdependency. ...read more.


6. How capable each of the child's parents, and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting the child's needs. 7. The range of powers available to the court under this Act in the proceeding in question. When taking into consideration one should listen and take seriously what young people have to say on views concerning their well being. Although young people do not necessarily have the final decision regarding their well-being they still deserve respect and a decent standard of treatment as such young people's rights are seen as integral with their welfare. Rights Most people in society have rights, provisions that one is entitled to regardless of what others may think. Young people should have the right to live their own lives, rights which go further than the 'welfare rights' of young people. Many people work and have a special commitment to ensuring these rights are upheld. There are three different approaches that are considered when discussing the rights of young people. The first being positivism versus natural law, while positivism is law made up by people making moral and political criticism of the law and the natural law being the legal system. ...read more.


Young people are powerless especially when it comes to concerns for their welfare. The power structures that are within society restrict young people from having relevant information with regards to many services. Adults and people that work with young people are regulated by law and have to do things accordingly especially when safeguarding a young persons welfare. Whilst government agencies and courts try and make important contributions to the welfare of young people some structures of power can abuse the rights of young people and make them powerless. One way of easing the problem would be to allow the young people inclusion and active participation in creating institutions and processes and allowing them their own views in promoting their welfare. This form of empowerment can enable young people to take action in order to improve their lives with the elements of developing a sense of self worth, being in a position to participate in decision making processes, having access and control over resources and having enhanced access to information. For people that work and associate with young people empowerment is a crucial element that is helped if we adopt advocacy which would include giving the young person support, making information readily available, making sure the young person is allowed to make a choice and advising and assisting rather than persuading them in matters. ...read more.

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