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New book by Marit Skivenes, Kenneth Burns and Tarja Pösö

Marit Skivenes, Kenneth Burns and Tarja Pösö has launched their edited book “Child welfare removals by the state: A cross-country analysis of decision-making systems”. The book explores the role of court-based and voluntary decision making systems in child protection proceedings, its effects, dynamics, and meanings in seven European countries and the United States, and analyses the tensions and dilemmas between children, parents, and socio-legal professionals.

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Child Welfare Removals by the State addresses a most important and underresearched legal proceeding: when the State intervenes in the private family sphere to remove children at risk to a place of safety, adoption, or other form of out-of-home care. An approach that is intrusive, contested, and very much a last resort, states’ interventions in the family are decided within legal and political orders and traditions that constitute a country’s policies, welfare state model, child protection system, and children’s position in a society. This text presents new research at the intersection of social work, law, and social policy concerning child protection proceedings for children in need of alternative care. Child Welfare Removals by the State is a text that appeals to students, practitioners, teachers, and policy-makers.

Child Welfare Removals by the State is a part of the research project “Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services: A Cross-Country Study of Decision-Making” funded by the Norwegian Research Council.