Balancing the interests of a child with other children

Situations will arise when ensuring the best interests of one child or a group of children may not be in the interests of other children, and vice versa. For example, health workers might need to respond to a particular epidemic, which might affect other children and adults. They cannot decide to use a particular child for experiments so they can get a remedy to treat the disease and save many other children. Instead they have to identify other strategies that do not compromise the best interest of the child. By contrast, even though an individual child has a right to education, if she or he is continuously disruptive and behaving badly, they may need to be excluded from school for a while so that other children can learn.

2.5 Competing rights and interests

Balancing the interests of a child with parents and family