Child Protection Across Borders

Posted on 31 May 2018

Professor Nina Biehal presents findings from her latest research at an international conference in Florence.


Nina Biehal with members of the Hestia research team and advisory group.

On 24 May, Professor Nina Biehal of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work presented the paper ‘Child Protection Across Borders: Comparing Policy and Systems’ to the Welfare State Futures conference at the European University Institute in Florence.

The presentation discussed findings from the Hestia study, a comparative study of child protection policy, systems and practice in England, Germany and the Netherlands. Despite apparent similarities between these three Western European countries, the study found some notable differences in child protection policy, operational frameworks and system priorities, with the English child protection system more child-oriented in many respects than the systems in the other two countries.

This was the final conference of the Welfare State Futures research programme which was funded by NORFACE, a partnership of national research funding agencies across Europe. The conference saw findings and policy implications presented from the fifteen transnational WSF research projects involved in the programme, as a culmination of three years of innovative research on the future of European welfare systems.