Child-Safe Organisations and the Ethics of Empowered Inclusion

Graham, Anne, Canosa, Antonia, Wall, John and Thomas, Nigel Patrick orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5310-9144 (2023) Child-Safe Organisations and the Ethics of Empowered Inclusion. Children & Society . ISSN 0951-0605

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The emergence of the ‘child-safe’ organisation requires close attention to practices that contribute to children’s wellbeing and safety. Based on data collected in schools, residential care and disability services, this article argues for a more nuanced understanding of the ethical frameworks informing practice in these settings. Findings suggest both young people and adults predominantly describe ethical practice in terms of intersubjective relations. This ethical relationality is understood, less in terms of vertical responsibilities of care (largely the domain of adults and shaped by institutional norms), and more in terms of vertical and horizontal (interpersonal) relations, giving way to more empowered inclusion.

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