Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations

Hardcover | May 28, 2011

EditorNeil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, Marit Skivenes

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Child Protection Systems is a comparative study of the social policies and professional practices that frame societal responses to the problems of child maltreatment in ten countries: USA, Canada, England, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Focusing on thedevelopments in policy and practice since the mid-1990s, this volume provides a detailed, up-to-date analysis of the similarities and differences in how child protection systems operate and their outcomes. The findings highlight the changing criteria that define child maltreatment, trends inout-of-home placement, professional responses to allegations of maltreatment, and the level of state responsibility for child and family welfare, providing an in-depth understanding of the different ways modern welfare states assume the sensitive responsibility of balancing children's rights andparents' rights. The changing character of child protection systems worldwide reflects dramatic and rapid organizational, policy, and legislative changes; the expansion of child welfare systems; the rise of formal procedures and evidence-based initiatives; the increased challenges posed by race and ethnicity; andthe extent to which countries adopt either a child protection or a family service approach to child abuse. Each chapter analyzes these developments and the directions in which they are heading, such as movements toward privatization and devolution of child welfare service delivery. Against thisbackdrop, a third approach begins to emerge - a child-focused orientation - that aims to promote and improve children's development and well-being.A vital book for understanding contemporary trends and policy issues in the design of child protection systems, this will be must reading for comparative scholars of child welfare, family policy, and the welfare state.

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Child Protection Systems is a comparative study of the social policies and professional practices that frame societal responses to the problems of child maltreatment in ten countries: USA, Canada, England, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Focusing on thedevelopments in policy and practice since th...

Neil Gilbert, PhD, is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare at the School of Social Welfare, at the University of California at Berkeley, and Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy. Nigel Parton, PhD, is NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, at the University of Huddersfield. Marit Skivenes, PhD, is Senior Researche...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 28, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes: IntroductionI. Anglo-American Systems2. Jill Duerr Berrick: Trends and Issues in the U.S. Child Welfare System3. Karen Swift: Canadian Child Welfare: Child Protection and the Status Quo4. Nigel Parton and David Berridge: Child Protection in EnglandII: Nordic Systems5. Madeleine Cocozza and Sven E. O. Hort: The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State? Child Abuse and Protection in Sweden6. Tarja Poso: Combatting Child Abuse in Finland: From Family to Child-Centered Orientation7. Anne-Dorthe Hestbaek: Denmark: A Child Welfare System Under Reframing8. Marit Skivenes: Norway: Towards a Child-Centric PerspectiveIII: Continental Systems9. Reinhart Wolff, Kay Biesel, and Stefan Heinitz: Child Protection in an Age of Uncertainty: Germany's Response10. Kristof Desair and Peter Adriaenssens: Policy Towards Child Abuse and Neglect in Belgium: In Search of a Democratic Approach11. Trudie Knijn and Carolus van Nijnatten: Child Welfare in the Netherlands: Between Privacy and ProtectionIV: Conclusion12. Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes: Changing Patterns of Response and Emerging Orientations