This comprehensive international study provides a cross-national analysis of different understandings of errors and mistakes and lessons to avoid and handle them in child protection practice, using research and knowledge from eleven 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 North Western Switzerland.
Judith Masson is Professor of Socio-legal studies at the University of Bristol.
Nigel Parton is a Professor of Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield.
Tarja Pösö is Professor of Social Work at Tampere University.
Errors and mistakes in child protection: the paradox of doing wrong;
Definitions, approaches and challenges;