This book examines a participatory approach in child protection practices in both Norway and the United States, despite key organizational differences.
Križ explores ways that children can be empowered to participate in child protection investigations and decisions after removal from home. The author shows how children can be encouraged to develop and express their own opinions and explores tools for child protection workers to negotiate complex boundaries around the inclusion of children in decision-making.
She presents valuable insights from front-line child protection professionals’ unique perspectives and experiences within two very different systems, and evaluates the impacts of different organizational practices in promoting children’s participation.
"Križ blends the fields of childhood studies, children’s rights and child protection, offering insights about how children are and can be engaged authentically in child protection practice.” Jill Duerr Berrick, University of California, Berkeley
“An accessible and interesting book for students and practitioners in the field of child protection and child welfare services. It looks at the challenges practitioners can meet when working in this field and gives good examples of how to ‘do participation’.” Veronika Paulson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Katrin Križ is Professor of Sociology at Emmanuel College, Boston.
Children’s participation as contested practice
Non- participation triggers
Protecting children, creating citizens
Appendix 1: Research methods
Appendix 2: Discussion questions