Child Welfare Systems and Migrant Children: A Cross Country Study of Policies and Practice

Hardcover | December 29, 2014

EditorMarit Skivenes, Ravinder Barn, Katrin Kriz

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The book examines where, why and to what extent immigrant children are represented in the child welfare system in different countries. These countries include Australia/New Zealand, Belgium/the Netherlands, England, Estonia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, and the United States- all of them having different child welfare philosophies and systems as well as histories and practices in immigration. By comparing policies and practices in child welfare systems (and welfare states), especially in terms of how they conceptualize and deal with immigrant children and theirfamilies, we address an immensely important and pressing issue in modern societies. Immigrants in the child welfare system are a critical issue and they seem to face serious challenges that are evident across countries. These are challenges related to lack of language proficiency, lack of knowledge about cultural and social aspects and about the public systems of the destinationcountry. Perhaps most relevantly, the challenges may include collisions of ideas and beliefs about how to raise children, about children's place in the family and society, and about children's rights.

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The book examines where, why and to what extent immigrant children are represented in the child welfare system in different countries. These countries include Australia/New Zealand, Belgium/the Netherlands, England, Estonia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, and the United States- all of them having different child welfar...

Marit Skivenes is with the Faculty of Health and Social work, Bergen University College and Department of Administration and Organization Theory, Bergen University, Norway. Ravinder Barn is professor of social policy in the Centre for Criminology and Sociology. She was awarded her doctorate in "Race and Ethnic Relations" in 1989 by the...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:December 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190205296

ISBN - 13:9780190205294

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1. Child Welfare Systems and Migrant Families: An IntroductionPart I. Family service oriented child welfare systems within social democratic welfare states2. How the Finnish child protection system meets migrant families and children3. How the Norwegian child welfare system approaches migrant children4. Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System: The Netherlands5. Immigrant Children and Families in the Child Welfare System in AustriaPart II. Family service oriented child welfare systems within conservative (and Latin) welfare states6. Child Welfare Systems and Immigrant Families: The Case of Spain7. Public services and migrant minors in Italy: A new path for social workPart III. Child protection oriented child welfare systems within liberal welfare states8. The United States: Child Protection in the Context of Competing Policy Mandates9. Child Welfare Systems and Immigrant Families: Canada10. Child welfare and migrant families and children: A case study of England11. Child protection of migrants in Australia12. Immigrant Children and Families in Estonian Child Protection SystemPart IV. Concluding remarks13. Migrant Children and Child Welfare: A Contested ChallengeAppendix - Survey method overviewIndex