A report of the 1996 Gulbenkian Foundation Inquiry into effective government structures for children. It includes separate analyses of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and makes proposals for reform. The inquiry surveyed UK government departments and agencies, as well as individuals and organizations working with children in the UK and over 60 other countries. The authors were assisted by an advisory group.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Aims of effective government structures for children. Section 2 Why government structures for children need changing: children justify special attention: government structures are failing children; a failure to give children political priority; the invisibility of children; inadequate co-ordination between government departments; the inefficient use of resources in central government; failure to promote children's responsible participation in society. Section 3 What government should be doing for children: a governmental strategy for UK children; making children visible in government; co-ordination of government for children; promoting children's active participation in society. Section 4 Proposals for government structures: at the heart of government; effective structures for children in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; within functional departments of state in Whitehall; government outside Whitehall; in Parliament; the Judiciary; how to achieve a higher political priority for children. Section 5: The independent Office of Children's Rights Commissioner: independence of government; functions; relationship with children; statutory powers; relationship between the Office of Commissioner and Ministers for Children. Section 6 International survey of government structures for children: a summary of responses. (Part contents)