1st Edition

Professional Practice in Child Protection and the Child’s Right to Participate

Edited By Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Karmen Toros Copyright 2023
    130 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explains and discusses how a child’s right to freedom of expression is upheld through practice and decision-making in Child Protection Services (CPS).

    Using the right to expression as stipulated in Article 12.2 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a point of departure, it explains what CPS practices should look like and how they must operate to uphold and enforce the rights of the child by providing "the opportunity to be heard" in any administrative practice. Current research literature documents extensively, and across countries, how either the voice of the child is not heard or, alternatively, the existence of a pro forma/tokenistic approach to listening to the child throughout CPS practices. Taking a three-fold approach, this book

    • establishes a clearer connection between rights and professional practice according to Article 12
    • extrapolates how rights-based practice is achieved during CPS practices
    • provides a comprehensive answer to the challenge of implementing Article 12.2 through policy and legislation.

    It will be of interest to all students, academic and professionals working within child protection including social workers, probation officers, health and social care workers, lawyers and teachers.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Chapter One - Children's Right to Express Themselves in Child Protection Casework
    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen and Karmen Toros

    Chapter Two - Rights-Based Professional Practice: Situating the Academic Discourse
    Karmen Toros

    Chapter Three - Professional Child Protection and the Child's Freedom of Expression
    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen

    Chapter Four - The Case of Assessment: Child Participation During Administrative Proceedings
    Karmen Toros and Rafaela Eugenie Simonee Lehtme

    Chapter Five - Child Protection Workers Follow-up with Children in Foster Care and Emergency Units/Homes
    Cecilie Basberg Neumann

    Chapter Six - The Case of Social Rehabilitation
    Koidu Saia

    Chapter Seven - Participation of Children in Residential Care
    Ingrid Sindi

    Chapter Eight - Conclusion: Making Rights a Part of Professional Practice
    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen and Karmen Toros


    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen is head of the academic unit Globalization and Social Sustainability at the Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy at Oslo Metropolitan University. He also holds a position as associate professor at the Centre for Discretion and Paternalism (DIPA) at the University of Bergen. He has a PhD in political science and specializes in political theory, legal philosophy and the sociology of the professions. He has published multiple articles on professionalism in child protection and on the interconnection between child protection and human rights.

    Karmen Toros is a professor of Social Work at the School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University. She is actively involved in social work education and training of child protection workers. Her research focuses on child welfare and protection, strengths-perspective and solution-focused approach in child protection practice and is particularly interested in child protection assessment of children in need.