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Call for Papers - Special Issue of Children & Society

The editors of Children & Society are planning a special issue in 2014 on the theme of psychiatrised children and their rights. The guest editors for this special issue are Brenda LeFrançois and Vicki Coppock. The aim is to produce a collection of articles covering a range of issues in relation to psychiatry and the rights of children, from a number of different countries globally. 

December 17, 2012 is the final acceptance date of papers for this special issue of Children & Society. 

These issues may include, but are not limited to: 


  • Children’s accounts of distress and/or treatment
  • Informed consent to treatment
  • The best interest principle and children’s decision making
  • The institutionalisation of psychiatrised children
  • Informal, voluntary and involuntary treatment
  • Children’s right to information and consultation within the context of treatment
  • Children’s right to privacy and correspondence within inpatient treatment
  • Children’s right to rest and leisure in the context of therapeutic interventions
  • The rights of refugee and asylum seeking children
  • The imposition of the biomedical psychiatric approach within the global south
  • Aboriginal children and psychiatry
  • Cultural, spiritual, political and/or indigenous approaches to understanding and healing distressed children that may be at odds with dominant psychiatric approaches
  • Patient’s councils, review boards and administrative procedures within child psychiatry
  • Jurisprudence, legislation, court cases and/or precedents
  • The experience of mental and/or physical violence within the context of treatment
  • Restraint, solitary confinement, observation and/or forced feeding
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Racialised, queer, trans, disabled and/or poor children and psychiatry
  • Oppression at the intersection of adultism and sanism

The deadline for submission of papers is 17 December 2012. Submissions are to be no longer than 6000 words and must comply with the author guidelines for the journal. Please see the following link for details: 

Manuscripts must be submitted online at: , indicating in the cover letter that you are replying to the call for papers for the 2014 special issue. 

Please direct any enquires to Brenda LeFrançois ( and Vicki Coppock (, being sure to include both emails in any correspondence.

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Published Nov. 13, 2012 2:28 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 3:13 PM