'Don't make assumptions': children's and young people's views of the child protection system and messages for change

COSSAR Jeanette, BRANDON Marian, JORDAN Peter
Office of the Children's Commissioner
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This research, commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia, collected children and young people’s views of the child protection system. It aimed to consider how those views might contribute to improving responses to abuse and neglect. A total of 26 children were interviewed, from 18 families (13 girls and 13 boys). Three of the 26 children had a (mild or moderate learning difficulties or a statement of special educational needs. All had a child protection plan at the time of interview. The findings discuss: child’s perception of risk; what helps the child to feel safe; the child’s view of the professional concerns about the family; the child’s understanding of the child protection; the extent of participation in the child protection process; and the child’s experience of intervention. The messages for policy makers; managers and service providers; practitioners are highlighted.

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intervention, risk, user participation, user views, young people, attitudes, child abuse, child neglect, child protection, children, families;
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