Anne-Dorthe Hestbæk

in Child Protection Systems

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793358
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895137 | DOI:

Series: International Policy Exchange Series


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The analysis of the developmental trends in Danish child protection policy reveals that a major ideological shift has slowly, however steadily, been taking place in the last decade. Seemingly, Denmark is moving from a family service oriented ideology characterized among other things by voluntary partnership with the parents, and with a focus on preventive family oriented interventions. It is now moving towards a more legalistic, individualized, and interventionist ideology. This ideological shift is on a practical policy level reflected in e.g. succeeding changes in the legal basis for child welfare with an increased amount of measures targeted children with special needs in child welfare law; and an increase in the number of interventions possible without the consent of the parents and the child. Also, this chapter reports a more strict attitude towards the families, individualizing the responsibility of every single family, reflected in e.g. parental orders, youth orders, and other ‘punitive’ measures without the consent of the family involved,

Keywords: Denmark; child welfare; child protection; out-of-home care; child abuse; neglect; social democratic welfare; ideological changes

Chapter.  9747 words.  Illustrated.

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