PhD project: Children’s legal safeguards in child protection cases where children might enter into public care – a comparative study of Norway and England
This PhD project will study to which extent children have their legal safeguards protected and fulfilled in child protection cases where they might be taken into public care. I will study the County Board for Child Welfare and Social Affairs (Fylkesnemndene for barnevern og sosiale saker) and the Family Court in England respectively, with a particular focus on how the child protection cases are presented and how different professional actors evaluate and determine the fulfilment of children’s legal safeguards. Evaluations by professionals such as the child protection servants, the Children’s Guardian (England), the Child’s spokesperson (Norway) and expert advisers are of interest. Furthermore, the experiences made by stakeholders are also relevant to this project.
The purpose of this project is to shed light on how the two countries go about fulfilling and protecting children legal safeguards, and in turn, what the countries can learn from one another. Another aim is to analyze the effects these procedures of securing their legal safeguards might have on children’s rights in making decisions in family court cases.