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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(4), 687-704; doi:10.3390/socsci3040687

The Child Protection System from the Perspective of Young People: Messages from 3 Studies

University of Girona, Plaça Sant Domènec, 9, 17071 Girona, Spain
Received: 16 June 2014 / Revised: 7 September 2014 / Accepted: 10 September 2014 / Published: 7 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Developments in Child Protection)
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This article reports findings and reflections based on the results of three different research projects conducted between 2008 and 2013 and focusing on the perspective of young care leavers in Spain. The overall aim was to examine these young people’s perceptions and evaluations of how they were treated while in the public care system, mainly residential care. Reviewing these qualitative studies, the most common and relevant issues highlighted by young people were related to the following themes: (a) entering care; (b) stability and emotional bonds in care; (c) education; (d) friends; (e) labelling, stigmatization, rights and opportunities; (f) autonomy and responsibility versus overprotection; (g) contact with parents, siblings and extended family; (h) maltreatment in care; and (i) leaving care. One of the main elements used in their assessments was comparison (i) between their previous situation within their birth family and the quality of care experienced in the residential home; and (ii) between what these young people commonly refer to as “normal children” and children in care. Recommendations deriving from their advice and opinions are also debated. View Full-Text
Keywords: care leavers; young people’s perspective; child protection system; qualitative research care leavers; young people’s perspective; child protection system; qualitative research
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Montserrat, C. The Child Protection System from the Perspective of Young People: Messages from 3 Studies. Soc. Sci. 2014, 3, 687-704.

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