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Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations

Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes


This book builds upon and advances the comparative analysis of child protection systems that was conducted in the mid-1990s and presented in the ground-breaking book Combatting Child Abuse: International Perspectives and Trends (Gilbert, 1997). Chapters provide a detailed analysis of how the systems have changed during the period with a particular focus upon: • What are the criteria which define child maltreatment? • Who is responsible for reporting suspected cases of maltreatment? • What are the processes for enquiring into the reports? • How are the allegations of maltreatment substantiated ... More

Keywords: child protection systems, international comparisons, child welfare, child protection, political context, social context, child-focused orientation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199793358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Gilbert, editor
University of California, Berkeley
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Nigel Parton, editor
University of Huddersfield
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Marit Skivenes, editor
Bergen University College

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1 Introduction

Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes

Part I Anglo-American Systems

3 Canadian Child Welfare

Karen J. Swift

4 Child Protection in England

Nigel Parton and David Berridge1

PART II Nordic Systems

5 The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State?

Madeleine Cocozza and Sven E.O. Hort

7 Denmark

Anne-Dorthe Hestbæk1

8 Norway

Marit Skivenes

PART III Continental Systems

9 Child Protection in an Age of Uncertainty

Reinhart Wolff, Kay Biesel, and Stefan Heinitz

10 Policy Toward Child Abuse and Neglect in Belgium

Kristof Desair and Peter Adriaenssens

11 Child Welfare in the Netherlands

Trudie Knijn and Carolus van Nijnatten

Part IV Conclusion

12 Changing Patterns of Response and Emerging Orientations

Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes

End Matter