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Human Rights in Child Protection

Implications for Professional Practice and Policy

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Takes a human rights-based approach in relation to children’s rights and child welfare policy and professionalism

  • Covers key areas such as foster care, residential care, generic rights-based practice, and emergency placements

  • Combines a critical academic perspective with research and insights for policy and professional practice

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Child Protection and Human Rights: A Call for Professional Practice and Policy

    • Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Children’s Right to Protection Under the CRC

    • Kirsten Sandberg
    Pages 15-38Open Access
  4. The Child’s Best Interest Principle across Child Protection Jurisdictions

    • Marit Skivenes, Line Marie Sørsdal
    Pages 59-88Open Access
  5. Re-designing Organizations to Facilitate Rights-Based Practice in Child Protection

    • Eileen Munro, Andrew Turnell
    Pages 89-110Open Access
  6. The Rights of Children Placed in Out-of-Home Care

    • Anne-Dorthe Hestbæk
    Pages 129-146Open Access
  7. Emergency Placements: Human Rights Limits and Lessons

    • Elisabeth Gording-Stang
    Pages 147-165Open Access
  8. Rights-Based Practice and Marginalized Children in Child Protection Work

    • Bente Heggem Kojan, Graham Clifford
    Pages 167-183Open Access
  9. In-home Services: A Rights-Based Professional Practice Meets Children’s and Families’ Needs

    • Øivin Christiansen, Ragnhild Hollekim
    Pages 185-208Open Access
  10. Formal and Everyday Participation in Foster Families: A Challenge?

    • Elisabeth Backe-Hansen
    Pages 227-244Open Access
  11. Conclusion: Towards Rights-Based Child Protection Work

    • Elisabeth Backe-Hansen, Asgeir Falch-Eriksen
    Pages 245-253Open 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. 


  • social policy
  • child welfare
  • child abuse
  • child neglect
  • human rights law
  • child protection
  • education
  • foster care
  • residential care
  • family group conference
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Norwegian Social Research, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

    Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen

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. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Human Rights in Child Protection

  • Book Subtitle: Implications for Professional Practice and Policy

  • Editors: Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-94799-0Published: 14 September 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-06917-9Published: 01 February 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-94800-3Published: 30 August 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 258

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Rights, Children, Youth and Family Policy, Education Policy, Family Law, Social Work and Community Development

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)