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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Child Protection in Comparative Perspective

Ipek Göçmen


 
Child protection systems are defined as "certain formal and informal structures, functions and capacities that have been assembled to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children" (UNICEF et al., 2013). This project will undertake a comparative historical analysis of the child protection systems in European countries belonging to different worlds of welfare. Each country has a specific policy framework in the area of child protection that is embedded in the political system, social welfare system, cultural context, and also traditions of social pedagogy. The last decade has seen reforms in these frameworks due to factors such as increasing presence of non-state, private, or community actors in child protection; increasing emphasis on deinstitutionalization; and increasing numbers of children from immigrant families in the child protection systems. Drawing on the perspective of historical institutionalism, the project will examine the origins of the policies and institutions and the nature of policy measures and institutional change in the last two decades. Project duration: October 2017 to September 2019.
 

 
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