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Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection

International Discourses, Approaches and Strategies

Edited by Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton and Tarja Pösö

Published

18 Mar 2020

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1447350705

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

18 Mar 2020

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1447350941

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

18 Mar 2020

Page count

296 pages

ISBN

978-1447350941

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection

This comprehensive international study provides a cross-national analysis of different understandings of errors and mistakes, as well as lessons to avoid and how to handle them in child protection practice, using research and knowledge from 11 countries in Europe and North America.

Divided into country-specific chapters, each examines the pathways that lead to mistakes happening, the scale of their impact, how responsibilities and responses are decided and how practice and policy subsequently change. Considering the complexities of evolving practice contexts, this authoritative, future-oriented study is an invaluable text for practitioners, researchers and policy makers wishing to understand why child protection fails – and offers a springboard for fresh thinking about strategies to reduce future risk.

"At last a book that offers hope and reassurance for practitioners in child protection without swerving the complex, cross national understandings of why errors and mistakes happen." Marian Brandon, University of East Anglia.

Kay Biesel is Professor of Child and Youth Services, focusing on child protection, at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Judith Masson is Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bristol.

Nigel Parton is Professor of Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield.

Tarja Pösö is Professor of Social Work at Tampere University.

1 Errors and mistakes in child protection: an introduction

Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton and Tarja Pösö

2 Errors and mistakes in child protection: understandings

and responsibilities

Kay Biesel and Michelle Cottier

3 England: attempting to learn from mistakes in an

increasingly ‘risk averse’ professional context

Judith Masson and Nigel Parton

4 The social construction of child abuse in Ireland: public

discourse, policy challenges and practice failures

Caroline Shore and Fred Powell

5 The level- headed approach on errors and mistakes in

Dutch child protection: an individual duty or a shared

responsibility?

Kirti Zeijlmans, Tom van Yperen and Mónica López López

6 The Finnish approach to errors and mistakes in child

protection: trust in practitioners and service users?

Essi Julin and Tarja Pösö

7 Errors and mistakes in the Norwegian child protection

system

Marit Skivenes and Øyvind Tefre

8 The political- administrative and the professional

approach to errors and mistakes in Swedish child protection

Inger Kjellberg and Staffan Höjer

9 Errors and mistakes in child protection in Switzerland: a

missed opportunity of refl ection?

Brigitte Müller, Kay Biesel and Clarissa Schär

10 Discourses, approaches and strategies on errors and

mistakes in child protection in Germany

Heinz Kindler, Christine Gerber and Susanna Lillig

11 Dysfunctions in French child protection

Hélène Join- Lambert and Gilles Séraphin

12 Errors and mistakes in child protection: an unspoken

issue in Italy?

Teresa Bertotti

13 Preventing and responding to errors in US child protection

Jill Duerr Berrick and Jaclyn Chambers

14 Dealing with errors and mistakes in child

protection: similarities and differences among countries

Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton and Tarja Pösö