Learning from children: Experiences and needs of children in the Dutch child protection system

Bouma, H., Grietens, H., López López, M. & Knorth, E. J., 14-Jun-2019, (Submitted) In : Children & Society.

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Children have the right to share their views in all matters affecting them (article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNCRC) and are primary service users in the context of child protection. Recognizing and listening to children’s views and experiences with child protection is essential for their well-being and very valuable for the evaluation of these services. In this participatory study we interviewed 11 children about their experiences with a trajectory in the Dutch child protection system (CPS). Our thematic analysis shows that children experience that such a trajectory has much impact as it can be overwhelming and strongly impacts their lives. Children appreciate to be cared about, taken seriously and understood. According to them professionals need to be really motivated and dedicated to help them, enabling them to go on with their (daily) life as much and as soon as possible. Furthermore, children need the opportunity to tell what they want to tell, and they ask for clarity and honesty as well as respect for (the relationship with) their parents. This knowledge about children’s experiences and needs in a child protection trajectory has important implications for improving the CPS.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren & Society
Publication statusSubmitted - 14-Jun-2019

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