The first perspective to be considered in detail will be that identified with a residualist position, where it is believed that the family is largely sacrosanct, and the state has no role routinely to interfere in its day-to-day functioning. Parents should be free to exercise their rights and responsibilities towards children without feeling that they are under scrutiny or direction from outside. As we have seen, this viewpoint also has certain implications for the nature of intervention (Hardiker et al., 1991; Fox Harding, 1997), which we will explore more fully in due course.
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