Special Issue "Protecting Children, Empowering Birth Parents: New Approaches in Family Justice"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: modern social and cultural history; social policy; social justice and criminal justice; gender relations; youth justice; child rights; family law
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Interests: mental health; trauma; families; clinical effectiveness; evaluation methodologies
Interests: clinical psychology; mental health; families; multisystemic therapy (MST); expert court assessments
This Special Issue of Societies will present insights from new interdisciplinary research in the family justice field. The contributors work across a number of disciplines, drawing on theoretical perspectives from law, sociology, social work, health, psychiatry, and psychology. In addition, they all have experience with applied and action research in these fields. The Special Issue sets out to explore the design, delivery, and impact of new initiatives that seek to enhance the protection of children at risk of harm by engaging more directly and proactively with their parents and wider families. Articles will address particular aspects of these innovations, including:
- new ways of defining risks to infants, children, and parents;
- new actions seeking to mitigate these risks;
- recent developments in edge-of-care work, and community, therapeutic, and clinical initiatives to reduce the likelihood of birth parents losing one or more of their children to care;
- the particular experiences of (birth) mothers, (birth) fathers, kinship carers, and practitioners working in the family justice arena.
This open call for further contributed articles opens 1 April 2020 and closes 15 Sept 2020. The Special Issue will include a maximum of 10 articles in total. The editors are particularly interested in receiving submissions in the form of scholarly articles and concept papers of up to 8000 words drawing on initiatives from outside the United Kingdom.
All invited and open call submissions should be submitted via the Societies online submission system by 15 Sept 2020 but the editors welcome submissions made before this date.
Prof. Pamela Cox
Dr. Susan McPherson
Dr. Frances Blumenfeld
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