Newsletter - March 2021

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Anger and Anxiety About Child Protection

Professor Tarja Pösö: – The role of emotions in child protection are understudied and underemphasized.


Solidarity With Care Leaver Mothers

Senior Researcher Jenny Krutzinna is exploring the dilemma between protecting children and safeguarding mothering opportunities for care-experienced mothers.


Support for Mothers and Newborns in Vulnerable Situations

PhD Candidate Barbara Ruiken presenting findings from research on services for families in vulnerable situations (in Norwegian).


Literature Update

See our list of recently published articles of interest.
The Centre is looking for a postdoctoral researcher. The position is on “Legitimacy challenges", a project that will analyze and compare the opinions of citizens in six different countries on the topic of family values and children's rights, and critically analyze the discourses around child protection and children's rights. 
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (3 years), Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism. Deadline: 30th April 2021.
There are also open positions at the University of Bergen within the political science discipline. 

The Department positions are thematically open. The successful candidates are welcome to collaborate with the Centre and become a member of our research groupRead more about our research community.

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From collaborators

Decision Making for Child Welfare Referrals

Jill Berrick is one of the authors of a an article published in the journal Child Maltreatment on multidisciplinary team decision making for child welfare referrals.

‘Private Family Arrangements’ for Children

Kenneth Burns is the co-author, together with Conor O’Mahony and Rebekah Brennan, of an article discussing informal kinship care placements in Ireland. 
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Recent publications from the Centre

Krutzinna, J. (2021). Breaking the cycle: Solidarity with care-leaver mothers. Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies.

Luhamaa, McEwan-Strand, Ruiken, Skivenes & Wingens (2021). Services and support for mothers and newborn babies in vulnerable situations: A study of eight European jurisdictionsChildren and Youth Services Review.

Burns, Helland, Križ, Sánchez-Cabezudo, Skivenes & Strömpl (2021). Corporal punishment and reporting to child protection authorities: An empirical study of population attitudes in five European countriesChildren and Youth Services Review

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