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Child friendly justice and access to justice for children are explicit concerns for the European Union, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe and the Child Rights International Network. This study examines court systems as child-responsive by eliciting the views of judicial decision makers on child protection cases (n = 1,479) in four legal systems (England, Finland, Norway and the USA (represented by California)), based on an online survey. In this paper, we asked judicial officials who have the authority to make care order decisions how they view the child-friendliness of the courts. We presented them with six statements representing standard features of child responsive courts. Findings show that there is considerable room for improving both structure and practice of the court proceedings, for example the use of child friendly language and child-sensitive time frames. There were variations across states, and some variation across type of decision maker. Implications for the development of education and training about the opportunities for children’s engagement are considered.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||The International Journal of Children's Rights|
|Publication status||Published - 3 May 2018|
- child friendly courts
- child participation
- child protection decisions
- cross-country comparisons
- 1 Finished
Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services
Dickens, J., Skivenes, D. & Young, J.
1/01/14 → 31/08/16
- 6 Citations (Scopus)
- 7 Article
Children’s and parents’ involvement in care order proceedings: a cross-national comparison of judicial decision-makers’ views and experiencesBerrick, J., Dickens, J., Pösö, T. & Skivenes, M., 3 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 41, 2, p. 188-204 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
Care order templates as institutional scripts in child protection: A cross-system analysisBerrick, J. D., Dickens, J., Poso, T. & Skivenes, M., Jan 2018, In: Children and Youth Services Review. 84, p. 40-47 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
A cross-country comparison of child welfare systems and workers' responses to children appearing to be at risk or in need of helpBerrick, J., Dickens, J., Pösö, T. & Skivenes, M., Aug 2017, In: Child Abuse Review. 26, 4, p. 305–319 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile21 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)