Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Kirsten Sandberg
    Pages 15-38 Open Access
  4. Marit Skivenes, Line Marie Sørsdal
    Pages 59-88 Open Access
  5. Eileen Munro, Andrew Turnell
    Pages 89-110 Open Access
  6. Anne-Dorthe Hestbæk
    Pages 129-146 Open Access
  7. Elisabeth Gording-Stang
    Pages 147-165 Open Access
  8. Bente Heggem Kojan, Graham Clifford
    Pages 167-183 Open Access
  9. Øivin Christiansen, Ragnhild Hollekim
    Pages 185-208 Open Access
  10. Elisabeth Backe-Hansen
    Pages 227-244 Open Access
  11. Elisabeth Backe-Hansen, Asgeir Falch-Eriksen
    Pages 245-253 Open Access
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 255-258

About this book


This open access book critically explores what child protection policy and professional practice would mean if practice was grounded in human rights standards. This book inspires a new direction in child protection research – one that critically assesses child protection policy and professional practice with regard to human rights in general, and the rights of the child in particular. Each chapter author seeks to approach the rights of the child from their own academic field of interest and through a comparative lens, making the research relevant across nation-state practices.

The book is split into five parts to focus on the most important aspects of child protection. The first part explains the origins, aim, and scope of the book; the second part explores aspects of professionalism and organization through law and policy; and the third part discusses several key issues in child protection and professional practice in depth. The fourth part discusses selected areas of importance to child protection practices (low-impact in-house measures, public care in residential care and foster care respectively) and the fifth part provides an analytical summary of the book. Overall, it contributes to the present need for a more comprehensive academic debate regarding the rights of the child, and the supranational perspective this brings to child protection policy and practice across and within nation-states. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Asgeir Falch-Eriksen
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Backe-Hansen
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian Social ResearchOslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Social ResearchOslo Metropolitan UniversityOsloNorway

About the editors

Asgeir Falch-Eriksen is Associate Professor focussing on child protection at Norwegian Social Research, Oslo University College. He has worked in central government in Norway with policy-implementation, regulation and development with regard to professionalism in child protection, organizational design, and education. He has also written a book on trust in child protection.

Elisabeth Backe-Hansen worked at Norwegian Social Research, Oslo University College, as a full-time researcher within the field of child protection and research on children and young people from 1988-2016. She has a background in psychology, focussed on decision-making in child welfare, in particular concerning out-of-home placement of small children. She worked as a practitioner within child protection for many years before becoming a full-time researcher. 


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