This book explains and discusses how a child’s right to freedom of expression is upheld through practice and decision-making in Child Protection Services (CPS).

Using the right to expression as stipulated in Article 12.2 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as a point of departure, it explains what CPS practices should look like and how they must operate to uphold and enforce the rights of the child by providing "the opportunity to be heard" in any administrative practice. Current research literature documents extensively, and across countries, how either the voice of the child is not heard or, alternatively, the existence of a pro forma/tokenistic approach to listening to the child throughout CPS practices. Taking a three-fold approach, this book

  • establishes a clearer connection between rights and professional practice according to Article 12
  • extrapolates how rights-based practice is achieved during CPS practices
  • provides a comprehensive answer to the challenge of implementing Article 12.2 through policy and legislation.

It will be of interest to all students, academic and professionals working within child protection including social workers, probation officers, health and social care workers, lawyers and teachers.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter 1|16 pages

Children's Right to Express Themselves in Child Protection Casework

ByAsgeir Falch-Eriksen, Karmen Toros
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chapter 2|14 pages

Rights-Based Professional Practice

Situating the Academic Discourse
ByKarmen Toros
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chapter 3|16 pages

Professional Child Protection and the Child's Freedom of Expression

ByAsgeir Falch-Eriksen
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chapter 4|16 pages

The Case of Assessment

Child Participation during Administrative Proceedings
ByKarmen Toros, Rafaela Lehtme
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chapter 6|14 pages

The Case of Social Rehabilitation

ByKoidu Saia
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chapter 7|13 pages

Participation of Children in Residential Care

ByIngrid Sindi
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chapter 8|13 pages


Making Rights a Part of Professional Practice
ByAsgeir Falch-Eriksen, Karmen Toros
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