Risk and Safety in Western Society

Nikiforidou, Zoi (2019) Risk and Safety in Western Society. In: The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children's Rights. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367142018

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Abstract

Many western societies are characterised as ‘risk societies’ in that they are increasingly occupied with debates on the prevention and management of risks that in many cases derive from societies themselves. According to article 4 of the UNCRC, governments, countries and families have the responsibility to ensure the protection of rights aiming to safe and secure environments where children can grow and reach their full potential. Thus, policies and practices are in place, underpinned by the principles of the protection rights that target children’s well-being; physically, mentally and socially. However, adults’ attitudes and the ‘vulnerable’ position of children in western societies tend to lead to a ‘no risk’ culture of overprotection. The aim of this chapter is to deconstruct this tension between protection and overprotection and to critically analyse discourse around risk, fear and safety. The relationship between adults’ duty and accountability to safeguard children and the emergence of ‘cotton-wool’ generations in the western world is explored. Risk factors and threats are discussed and both positive and negative implications on children’s realities are addressed

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: risk, protection, safeguarding, children
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Zoi Nikiforidou
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 09:04
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 09:04
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2973

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