This chapter provides a general introduction to the law relating to children. It looks in particular at children’s rights, both in domestic law and under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights. It considers, in particular, the child’s right to make autonomous decisions and the landmark case of Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech Health Authority  AC 112. The law governing the corporal punishment of children by parents and teachers is considered, and also the right of children to participate in family law proceedings. Finally, the use of the inherent jurisdiction and wardship in children’s cases is considered.
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