Parental Participation in Child Protection

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Childhood and Youth Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 361

Special Issue Editors

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School of Health, Social Work and Sport, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
Interests: child protection; adoption; children in care; parent advocacy; children's rights

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Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
Interests: social work and social harm; fatherhood and social work; parent advocacy; leadership in social work

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The overarching aim of child protection and child welfare systems should be to support parents and families in the care of their children and to enable children to grow up in safe, loving, and nurturing families. Nevertheless, child welfare systems throughout the world too often fail to protect children, focusing on parental blame rather than family need, and they often do not provide the support families need, with increasing numbers of separated and, in some cases, harmed children in their care.

Given this background, this Special Issue aims to extend the evidence base and provide a space to hear parents’ accounts of the impact of increasing parent participation through parent advocacy in child welfare decision-making at the case, programme, and policy levels. We would value papers examining the opportunities and challenges parent advocacy creates; lessons learnt across different settings, countries, and contexts; and evidence of the benefits of supporting such engagement in system transformation.

We invite academic papers written in plain language, written by and with parents with lived experience of the child protection/child welfare system. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact the Editorial Team. Tammy Mayes, Taliah Drayak and Nicola Lancaster (parents with lived experience) will act as assistant editors.

Prof. Andy Bilson
Dr. Simon Haworth
Guest Editors

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  • child protection
  • parent participation
  • parent advocacy
  • child welfare
  • co-production

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