What do we want to know with HESTIA?
Child protection has become an important aspect of child welfare policy in most European countries. Its heightened importance is the result of a growing recognition of children’s rights, rising expectations about standards of parental care and responsibility, and growing concern about the social exclusions of vulnerable and disadvantaged children. However, although many families are drawn into the child protection system there has been very little comparative research on this aspect of European welfare states.
Therefore our main research question is the following: How does child protection policy and practice vary between Western European countries and what is the impact of these variations on children and families?
To answer this key question, Hestia will also address the following questions: