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Good Professional Practices for Promoting Positive Parenting and Child Participation in the Reunification Processes

This study was conducted with 106 professionals who work in the child protection system in Spain. The results show a high degree of consensus among professionals regarding the following practices: (a) incorporating positive parenting into family reunification processes; (b) training the biological...

Children’s Voices: Children’s experiences of instability in the care system

Interviews with children are supplemented with data regarding instability in the care system. Children describe how changing social workers increases unsettling and upsetting experiences when they move and change schools. Building long-lasting and stable relationships with social workers improves...

The Overlap Between the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems in Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba has one of the highest rates of children taken into care of child welfare services in the world, and also one of the highest youth incarceration rates in Canada. Policy-makers recognize there is overlap between these systems. This article aims to investigate some of those reasons, and also...

Mind the Gap: Factors that can support responses to offending in residential child care and the challenges of implementation

There has been longstanding concern about the overrepresentation of care leavers in the criminal justice system and the fact that the behaviours of care experienced children are more likely to come to the attention of the police and to attract a criminalising response.

Supporting young people from care to adulthood: International practice

This paper explores practice examples relating to young people's transitions from care to adulthood. It discusses examples drawn from young people's pathways to adulthood, leaving care law and policy and participation. The paper concludes with a discussion of the research evidence on promoting the...

Short- and longer-term impacts of Child Friendly Space Interventions in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Uganda

The establishment of Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) has become a widespread intervention targeting protection and support for displaced children in humanitarian contexts.

Learning from Significant Case Reviews

This report presents the findings from analyses of 25 significant case reviews that concerned 44 children and young people, carried out by child protection committees in Scotland between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2018.  Twenty-two out of the 25 SCRs related to incidences of child abuse and/ or...

Promoting Complex Needs, Partnership and Parenting in Child Protection

Families living on the edge of child protection face a number of problems at the same time. Complexity of service needs requires a much more client-centric approach and assumes that service providers are able to adapt to the changed socio-economic environment. The study draws attention to the...

Peer Networking and Capacity Building for Child Protection Professionals – Lessons from “ChildHub”

Child protection systems across the global South suffer from common problems, one of the most critical among which is low number and skills of relevant professionals to deliver services. Additionally, child protection professionals are often demotivated, uncoordinated and isolated, with limited...

Why We Decided to Transition from Residential to Family-based Care

The Child Rescue Centre became the first orphanage in Sierra Leone to fully transition from residential to family-based care. The decision to transition was made for many reasons, but the most unique reason is found in the story of Child Rescue Centre Director, Mohamed Nabieu. Nabieu, brought to...

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