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Participation in the Child Protection Assessment: Voices from children in Estonia

This article explores children’s views and experiences of participation within the context of child protection assessment practice. The findings of this study enable child protection workers as well as other professionals to learn from children what is needed to better engage children to participate in matters affecting them. A small-scale study included 14 children registered as children in need of assistance in child protective services from one region in Estonia through in-depth semi-structured interviews. Findings indicate that children’s experiences and memories of their first contact with the child protection worker varied extensively. Implications for practice and future research are discussed with a focus on meaningful child participation. 

Kadi Lauri, Karmen Toros & Rafaela Lehtme
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