The study of inter-country variability of child protection decision-making has become an emerging research theme in the past decade. The present chapter draws on a variety of studies conducted using the model of Judgments and Decisions Processes in Context (JUDPiC; Benbenishty & Davidson-Arad, 2012) to compare judgments and decisions in cases of alleged maltreatment made by decision makers in five countries: Israel, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal and Spain. The chapter begins with a brief overview of research on inter-country comparisons in the field of child protection decision-making. Next, we describe the JUDPiC model and present in some detail the first international comparison study conducted with this underlying model (Benbenishty et al., 2015). We offer next the subsequent developments of this research project in the different countries involved. In the final section, we discuss some implications for child protection policy and practice, and future research.
|Title of host publication||Decision Making and Judgement in Child Welfare and Protection|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory, Research, and Practice|
|Editors||John Fluke, Mónica López López, Rami Benbenishty, Erik J. Knorth, Donald Baumann|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2020|