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Children’s representation

ByAndrea Mooney, Andrew Lockyer

The subject of this chapter is child representation – namely speaking or acting on behalf of children. Parents frequently take on this role, especially in relation to young children – for example when deciding that their child will benefit from attending nursery school or explaining to a doctor the symptoms of their sick infant. Occasionally professionals or judges and their equivalents may override the parental representative role in order to safeguard children’s interests. This chapter introduces different forms of representation and then focuses on issues that arise with representation in judicial contexts in light of American and British experience.