Child Welfare in the Netherlands
Between Privacy and Protection
This chapter examines developments in child protection practices in the Netherlands since the 1990s. It describes the institutional relationship between child protection agencies and overall child welfare agencies, as this setting forms foundation of the triangulate system of family support, youth care (and prevention) and child protection. It is also the main characteristic of the Dutch policy approach to child protection as a last resort. First the chapter challenges the balancing of privacy and protection as reflected in the legal and professional guidelines for protecting children, which has fostered a debate on the legitimation of professional intervention. Secondly it focuses on professional intervention for child welfare itself; what are the conditions of adequate child protection and do current policy reforms contribute to these conditions?
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