Special Issue "Child-Centric Approaches in Theory, Policy and Practice"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.
Interests: child protection; child welfare
Interests: social problems and social welfare; child protection and child welfare; social work; social policy
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The idea of child-centrism has become increasingly prevalent in science, social policies, civil society, families, schools, health services, social work, and child welfare services. However, its meanings, interpretations, and practical implications are numerous and vary in different contexts and systems.
Child-centered policies have different expressions, but have in common that the perspective of the child or children’s perspectives and often also children’s rights are heavily promoted. This turn towards more child-centered societies impacts the everyday lives of children and families, parenting and caring practices, how societies organize schools and kindergartens, and the provision of universal and need-based services such as health services, economic support and child protection services. For example, child protection systems in many Western countries seem to have moved forward into a broader mandate, and their development reflects social policies focusing on social investments in children. In this context, child protection may have changed its reference from saving children from harm and serious abuse (protection) to concern about risk of “failing” lives and lifestyles. Child-centered policies and societies have undoubtedly improved the lives of many children. At the same time, the child-centered society has implications that have received less attention.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to invite papers that explore and investigate the idea of child centrism in different contexts and from various perspectives. We welcome contributions from all the social sciences including social work, social policy, sociology, anthropology, pedagogy, psychology, history, philosophy, and law, together with interdisciplinary papers. Articles might have theoretically and methodologically diverse approaches, and can cover the idea of child centrism from conceptual, empirical, policy and/or practice perspectives.
Prof. Dr. Bente Heggem Kojan
Prof. Dr. Nigel Parton
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- child centrism
- child and family welfare
- social investment