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Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection: International Discourses, Approaches and Strategies

Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton, and Tarja Pösö


This comprehensive international study provides a cross-national analysis of different understandings of errors and mistakes in child protection practice and lessons to avoid and handle them, using research and knowledge from eleven countries in Europe and North America. Divided into country-specific chapters, each examines the pathways that led to mistakes, the scale of their impact, how responsibilities and responses are decided and how practice and policy subsequently changed. Considering the complexities of evolving practice contexts, this authoritative, future-oriented study is an invalu ... More

Keywords: comparative child protection, responsibility in social work, responses to errors and mistakes, scandalization of social work effective and ineffective child protection reform

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447350705
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kay Biesel, editor
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern

Judith Masson, editor
University of Bristol

Nigel Parton, editor
University of Huddersfield

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1 Errors and mistakes in child protection: an introduction

Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton and Tarja Pösö

11 Dysfunctions in French child protection

Hélène Join-Lambert and Gilles Séraphin

13 Preventing and responding to errors in US child protection

Jill Duerr Berrick and Jaclyn Chambers

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