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Trans-national study of child welfare decision making

Principal Investigators and Research Partners: 
  • Professor Jill Duerr Berrick
  • Marit Skivenes, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Tarja Poso, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Jonathan Dickens, University of East  Anglia, England
Summary and Findings: 

This cross-country comparative project examines child welfare decision making at the “front-end” of the child welfare system when social workers are considering the possibility of child removal to care. The study involves a sample of child welfare workers in England, Finland, Norway and California.

Click on the links below for information on some of the study findings.

Summary 1: A Summary of the Formalized Framework for Decision Making in the United States, England, Finland, Norway
Summary 2: International Considerations when Children are Removed to Foster Care: Children's Involvement in Decision-Making
Summary 3: Parents' Involvement in Child Welfare Decision Making: A Cross-Country Examination of Practice
Summary 4: Time and its Relationship to Quality Decision Making in Child Protection: A Cross-Country Analysis


  • Norwegian Research Council
  • Peder Sather fund