This text introduces students to the key issues in the study of childhood, from infancy through to adulthood, from an interdisciplinary and multi--professional perspective. * A broad--ranging introductory guide to key issues in the study of childhood. * Approaches childhood studies from an interdisciplinary and multi--professional perspective. * Presents the basics of psychology, social welfare, education, health, law, culture, rights, politics, and economics as they relate to children. * For each discipline, the role of relevant professionals, such as social workers, nursery teachers, paediatric nurses and child lawyers, is also considered. * Contributors have both practical and academic backgrounds in a range of specialist areas. * Each chapter includes an independent learning activity, case studies, a glossary and annotated bibliography. * Will inspire debate in the classroom about childhood issues.