Family connections for children in long-term care, guardianship or open adoption

Wright, Amy Conley and Judy Cashmore (2022)

New blogpost by Professor Amy Conley Wright & Professor Judy Cashmore, Research Centre for Children and Families, The University of Sydney. In Australia there is developed a comprehensive set of tools to facilitate and ensure positive, safe and child-centred relationships for children in care and their birth family, that other countries may benefit from. The […]

Those that challenges state authority

BLOG: Those that challenges state authority – The critics of the welfare state and the child protection system are diverse with a range of motives for their engagement. Blogpost by Yngve Nedrebø (Historian, Chair of Human Rights – Norway). I have always been genuinely concerned with how research ought to be representative, ethical, and critical. […]

“Under His Eye”: Poland inches closer to Gilead as it targets children and families

Blogpost by Neil Datta Secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Gilead, Margaret Atwood’s authoritarian dystopia in The Handmaid’s Tale where women’s role is reduced to forced procreation, has served as powerful symbol for progressive groups around the world in denouncing the erosion of human rights, specifically women’s rights. And Poland […]

Who pays for foster care? In the U.S., parents do

BLOG: U.S federal law make the parents pay for foster care. The intention is to make foster care shorter – but do the law work according to the intention? [1] Blogpost by Jill Duerr Berrick, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor at U.C. Berkeley, U.S., and Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, […]

Justifying care order decisions in cases of violence

  New article by Audun Løvlie and Marit Skivenes  About one third of all referrals to the Norwegian Child Protection System concerns observed violence or fear of violence, including sexual abuse. Moreover, children and young people’s self-reporting indicate that one in five have experienced violence from a parent. In cases of violence, public authorities may […]

The child’s right to decide who is ‘family’

        BLOG: When asked by researchers, most children in long-term foster care or adoptive families want more rather than less contact with some birth family members and former foster carers. How can we prevent these children from having ‘searching’ anxieties and help them maintain a sense of ‘connectedness’? June Thoburn is an […]

Denial and blame – a result of shame?

BLOG: Parents often deny that their children are subject to physical and psychological violence – even when confronted with facts and evidence. What do care order cases tell us about these situations and how do decision-makers assess these serious, disturbing, and difficult cases? Blogpost by Professor Marit Skivenes, Director of Centre for Research on Discretion […]

Social Media Abuse and Online Harassment of Child Protection Workers

BLOG: What are the implications of social media abuse and harassment for child protection workers? Blogpost by Kenneth Burns, collaborative partner at DIPA and senior lecturer at University College Cork. Child protection and social media There are a myriad positive uses of social media and online platforms to enhance our personal and community relationships, to foster […]

An attempt to take child protection to a new level in Scotland

Elaine Sutherland (2021)

BLOG: When the Scottish Government attempted to take proactive child protection to a new level, it faced considerable – and, ultimately, effective – opposition. Blogpost by Elaine E. Sutherland, Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, Professor Emerita at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and Distinguished Professor Emerita at Lewis & […]