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Child Safety Legislation
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIETY (2008)
  • Pamela Gershuny, Southeast Missouri State University
Abstract
A child is a person who has not reached the age of majority or the age at which a person attains full legal rights. In the United States, this is also the age of capacity defined by statute as 18 years for legally being able to agree to a contract, 16 years for agreeing to marriage, and 14 years for knowing right from wrong. Safety implies freedom from danger, damage, injury, or harm. Safety is security. Legislation refers to an enacted body of laws. Legislation may create agencies and competent authorities that administer regulations pertaining to the law. Regulations are rules that have the force of law. Child safety legislation includes any law or regulation created to protect a child from danger or harm. Child safety legislation encompasses the categories of health, medicine, and physical safety; family and education; employment; and exploitation.
Keywords
  • children,
  • child,
  • safety,
  • laws,
  • education,
  • health,
  • medicine,
  • rights,
  • human rights,
  • agency,
  • regulation,
  • danger,
  • harm
Publication Date
2008
Editor
Robert W. Kolb
Publisher
Sage Publications
ISBN
978141291652
Citation Information
Pamela Gershuny. "Child Safety Legislation" 2008Thousand Oaks, CAENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIETY (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/pamela_gershuny/6/