Overview of the subject area
Child law cuts across various legal fields and includes rules derived from family law, the law of persons, criminal law and various areas of applicable administrative law. The aim of the research is partly to provide a general understanding of the child’s position in law, and partly to provide knowledge that can be of practical use when working on legal issues related to children.
Key areas are the relationship between children and their parents (The Children Act) and the rules on the intervention of the public authorities in this relationship (Child Welfare Act). Examples of other areas included are adoption, legal capacity, human rights and the child’s position vis-à-vis the penal system.