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Dysfunctions in French child protection

Abstract : The child protection system in France has experienced successive dysfunctions since the 1990s, translated into poor quality protection and even children’s deaths. These have led to large-scale administrative and legislative reforms. Most of the time, the element that triggers the reforms has been media coverage of the dysfunction: a particular event (often a death) moves public opinion and the authorities have to provide a response almost immediately. Occasionally, the media focus on situations of distress and suffering, often alerted by the results of research that have made them visible and understandable.
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Hélène Join-Lambert, Gilles Seraphin. Dysfunctions in French child protection. In: Biesel K., Masson J., Parton N., & Pösö T. (Ed) Errors and mistakes in child protection: International discourses, approaches, and strategies, Bristol: Policy Press, 193-214., 2020, eISBN: 978-1-4473-5092-7. ⟨10.2307/j.ctvz0h8bh.17⟩. ⟨halshs-02967233⟩



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