By Paul Daniel, J Ivatts
This booklet offers a severe account of British social coverage considering that 1945 from the viewpoint of the kid. utilizing the UN conference at the Rights of the kid as a yardstick, it examines a variety of coverage components together with future health, schooling, housing, social safeguard, baby care and safeguard. It concludes with feedback for making coverage extra child-centred. it will likely be of curiosity to a variety of pros and to somebody who's taken with kid's welfare.
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Nor can any government ignore the welfare needs of a country's children, or treat them with profligate disdain simply because children represent such a large proportion of the population. Children in all the developed countries are now a more limited, precious resource, and each generation of children may well be called upon in turn to carry a heavier burden of aged dependents. This could behove any government to implement social policies for children with concern and generosity. But on the other hand, parents themselves, as an interest group, may be far less influential politically than they were during periods of high birth rate.
9). The incidence of births to teenage mothers To judge from the comments of some politicians, even cabinet ministers, Britain's contemporary social ills are attributable in part at least to the birth of children out of wedlock to teenage mothers. So what, then, are the facts? Contrary to popular misconception, teenage births are in general rarer now than in the 1960s and 1970s. Coleman's calculation is that although there was some increase in births outside marriage to teenage mothers between 1975 and 1985, these amounted to only an additional 2000 registered singly by the mother (Coleman, 1988, p.
Indeed, it is suggested that cohabitation prior to marriage is becoming 'normal'. Thus whereas 5 per cent of women married in the 1950s said they had lived together with their husbands before marriage, by the late 1980s half of all couples marrying for the first time, and three-quarters of those marrying for the second time, reported having previously cohabited. , 1994, pp. 279-8). Conclusion Maintaining a balanced age structure in the future Data on the size of the present child population and future projections of this suggest that the United Kingdom has reached some kind of population equilibrium with regard to its child population.