chapter  3
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Child protection, gender and rights

ByFELICITY KAGANAS

The need to strike a balance between protecting children and respecting family privacy has long been a concern of the liberal state. The question it faces is how the way that families raise children can be made into a matter of public concern and how child rearing can be monitored ‘without destroying the ideal of the family as a counterweight to state power, a domain of voluntary, self regulating action’.1