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1. Introduction Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes I. ANGLO-AMERICAN SYSTEMS 2. Trends and Issues in the U.S. Child Welfare System Jill Duerr Berrick 3. Canadian Child Welfare: Child Protection and the Status Quo Karen Swift 4. Child Protection in England Nigel Parton and David Berridge II. NORDIC SYSTEMS 5. The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State? Child Abuse and Protection in Sweden Madeleine Cocozza and Sven E. O. Hort 6. Combatting Child Abuse in Finland: From Family to Child-Centered Orientation Tarja Poesoe 7. Denmark: A Child Welfare System Under Reframing Anne-Dorthe Hestbaek 8. Norway: Towards a Child-Centric Perspective Marit Skivenes III. CONTINENTAL SYSTEMS 9. Child Protection in an Age of Uncertainty: Germany's Response Reinhart Wolff, Kay Biesel, and Stefan Heinitz 10. Policy Towards Child Abuse and Neglect in Belgium: In Search of a Democratic Approach Kristof Desair and Peter Adriaenssens 11. Child Welfare in the Netherlands: Between Privacy and Protection Trudie Knijn and Carolus van Nijnatten IV. CONCLUSION 12. Changing Patterns of Response and Emerging Orientations Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes

About the Author

Neil Gilbert, PhD, is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare at the School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, and Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy. Nigel Parton, PhD, is NSPCC Professor in Applied Childhood Studies, University of Huddersfield. Marit Skivenes, PhD, is Senior Researcher, Bergen University College.


"The seismic change in child protection systems both in the United States and around the world are clearly illustrated and analyzed in this wonderful book. The creative, disruptive approaches toward child protection adopted by various countries around the world lead to new and promising orientations toward preserving the welfare and future of children. This is the most important contribution toward international understanding of child protection currently available." -- Duncan Lindsey, Professor of Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles and Editor-in-Chief, Children and Youth Services Review "This is a superb contribution to the understanding of the evolution of child protection in ten European and Anglo-American countries. It is an essential text for policy makers and practitioners, as it clearly delineates and compares central changes in approaches and guiding assumptions, and the compelling ways in which states fashion their interventions as a response to the competing claims and philosophies of child protection, family service, and child focus approaches. Outstanding, well written, and destined to become a benchmark for the field as a whole." -- Jim Torczyner, Professor of Social Work and Founder/Director, Montreal Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy Training, McGill University "This timely volume provides an illuminating look at how child welfare systems operate in ten countries, including several representatives each from the Anglo-American, Continental European, and Nordic groups. Written by country experts, the chapters document the approaches these disparate countries have taken to address the challenge of protecting children while also supporting families. The results not only shed light on different program models and approaches but also offer some larger lessons as to what advanced societies can and should do to promote the well-being of their most vulnerable children." -- Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of Social Work "Child Protection Systems is a well-written, thought-provoking work that updates Combatting Child Abuse: International Perspectives and Trends... This book is an excellent tool for graduate students and professionals to compare and contrast child protection systems, how those systems reflect a society's history and cultural thinking, and how systems address the world-wide problem of child abuse and neglect." -- Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare "This volume succeeds on multiple levels. First, it makes a strong and coherent case for the desirability of cross-national perspectives in child welfare policy and practices.... Second, this slim volume attempts at least in a beginning way to connect the dots from social expenditure (including benefits and supports) to preventive and remedial services." -- James K. Whittaker, Social Service Review

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