prof. dr. H.W.E. (Hans) Grietens

Full Professor


Research interests

I am conducting research on child welfare, in particular foster care and child abuse.

My research is focussing on: 1) the foster care experience through the eyes of (alumni) foster children, 2) caring for foster children with a history of sexual abuse and complex trauma, 3) matching foster children with foster families, 4) mental health needs of out-of-home placed children and young people, and 5) historical child (sexual) abuse in care.

I am project leader of project Hestia. This project is funded by Norface and is on policies and responses towards child abuse and neglect in three countries: Germany, England and the Netherlands.

I have a particular interest in qualitative research methods.

  1. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Academic textbooks on ADHD genetics: balanced or biased? (vol 12, 1305590, 2017)

    te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R. & Grietens, H., 1-Jan-2019, In : International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-Being. 14, 1, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. How do youth in foster care view the impact of traumatic experiences?

    Steenbakkers, A., van der Steen, S. & Grietens, H., 24-May-2019, In : Children and Youth Services Review. 103, p. 42-50 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Gender and Ethnic disparities in child protection decision-making: an intersectional analysis

    Middel, F., Lopez Lopez, M., Fluke, J. D. & Grietens, H., 30-Mar-2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

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Press / Media
  1. Inspectie jeugdzorg. Van eilanden naar eenheid.

    Hans Grietens


    1 item of media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

  2. Seksueel misbruikte kinderen opvoeden: hoe doe je dat als pleegouder?

    Hans Grietens


    1 item of media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement ActivitiesPopular

  3. Doodgewone kinderen in complexe leefsituatie

    Hans Grietens


    1 item of media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement ActivitiesPopular

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  1. Euregionaal Congres Seksueel Geweld

    Hans Grietens (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  2. World Hlth Org, World Health Organization (External organisation)

    Hans Grietens (Member)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committeeAcademic

  3. Developmental Child Welfare (Journal)

    Hans Grietens (Editorial board member)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityAcademic

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