PhD Award: Exploring Parental Views About Family Privacy and its Protection in English Law, Claire Bessant

Should the family be afforded privacy? Although this is a question that many academics have raised, no-one has ever asked parents their views.
PhD Award: Exploring Parental Views About Family Privacy and its Protection in English Law, Claire Bessant

Leicester Law School

Using semi-structured interviews to explore whether parents believe the family should be afforded privacy and whether they believe English law affords effective protection to family privacy.

This research

  • finds that many parents believe the family should be afforded its own privacy, should be free from state and societal intrusion, and should be allowed to control how family information is used. The idea of family privacy does remain relevant to twenty-first century families.
  • offers a new definition of family privacy drawn from existing literature but also grounded in parents’ own words and reflective of the way English law understands family privacy to apply to the family.
  • sheds new light on traditional understandings of the family as a private institution, proposing a new framework for understanding the relationship between family, state, and society which draws both upon communication privacy management theory and relational theory.
  • finds that many parents, not trusting the law to protect their family’s privacy, believe it is their responsibility to protect privacy.  Some of the decisions parents take in order to protect their families’ privacy may, however, impact on children’s rights to privacy, participation, and self-determination. This study suggests that this conflict between family privacy/parental decision-making and children’s rights is an issue requiring further academic and judicial consideration.

Claire Bessant was supervised by Mandy Burton and John Hartshorne.

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