Best Interests of the Child from Social Science and Jurisprudential Perspectives

This research paper was presented at the July 2012 Childhood Global Conference at Oxford. Its focus is to better understand the notion of best interests of the child (BIC) from two perspectives: a social science perspective which explores the meaning of the concept imputed by human services professionals and policy makers and a jurisprudential perspective which examines the understanding of BIC through relevant case law.