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What is child protection? Historical and methodological issues in comparative research on lastensuojelu/child protection.

Hearn, Jeff and Pösö, Tarja and Smith, Carole and White, Sue J. and Korpinen, Johanna (2002) What is child protection? Historical and methodological issues in comparative research on lastensuojelu/child protection. Social work and social sciences review, 10 (2). pp. 63-83. ISSN 0953-5225

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Abstract

This article addresses comparative research on what has come to be called, in (British) English, 'child protection' or, rather differently, in Finnish 'lastensuojelu'. In developing a cross-national research project on lastensuojelu/child protection practices in England and Finland, we found it necessary to go back a few steps, to address what might usually be considered as 'background issues'. This article discusses the welfare state traditions in both countries, especially with respect to families and children, in order to contextualise the focus of ongoing qualitative research on micro comparisons. When comparing the mundane practices of child protection and the ways problems and clienthoods are constructed, as in this study, historical, social, cultural and linguistic issues matter. Indeed, very basic concepts such as 'child protection' and 'child protection case' become problematic in the comparison.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social work and social sciences review
Uncontrolled Keywords: children • child protection • child welfare • comparative studies • history of childhood • qualitative research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
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ID Code: 22985
Deposited By: Professor Sue White
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2009 11:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22985

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