chapter  14
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Children’s Rights, Autonomy and Medical Treatment

The usual answer to this is that in England and Wales chil dren are perceived as having first of all a right to a child hood and there fore a right not to concern them selves with those matters addressed by the concepts of parental respons ib il ity (PR), i.e. welfare, non-inter ven tion in the family by the State and prompt disposal of disputes about their upbring ing.