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In what way can the idea of rights for young people be seen as consistent with a concern for their welfare The idea of granting rights to young people is still relatively recent and one which necessitates that society view youth as a social structure worthy of its own undeniable rights To claim that the idea of rights for young people is consistent with a concern for their welfare it may be helpful to highlight some needs which society considers paramount to the welfare of youth and establish what rights young people have gained or rather been granted which successfully reflect societys concern for them By focussing on particular positive benefits which young people experience from the obtaining these rights we may then demonstrate how the ideas behind and the act of granting such rights can contribute to the desired outcome of positively effecting the young persons state of welfare and sense of well being However to investigate this position fully it is necessary to also investigate when the current system of rights contradicts this welfare position and does not appear to benefit young people as strongly It was not so long ago that society viewed young people as a commodity to be managed with little regard for their wishes or any overwhelming display of concern for their welfare Some of the most dramatic violations to youth and what we now consider their basic human rights were previously apparent in a lack of state education essential ownership of the child by their parents and the dreadful conditions inflicted upon them by the labour market Today most people are aware that treatment such as this is no longer legal and we are encouraged by the various social experts who work with young people to view them as future citizens worthy of protection guidance and entitled to a wide array of rights Focussing on how societys values of youth and the subsequent rights granted
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