New article has been accepted in the journal Children and Youth Services Review: A child’s right to protection during the COVID-19 crisis: An exploratory study of the Child Protective Services of Estonia by Karmen Toros and Asgeir Falch-Eriksen.

In this article, we explore the pandemic’s impact on child protective services in Estonia and survey a representative sample of child protection workers (n = 81), asking three open-ended questions designed to explore child protection practice. These questions concern the impact on organisational design, the workers’ ability to conduct a diagnosis of a child’s care context, and what knowledge they could draw upon, as well as the decision itself. The overall findings indicate that the organisational design left practice unprepared; there was a general lack of ability to act upon referrals and also to conduct investigations to evaluate care contexts. Furthermore, there is a general lack of knowledge of how to deal with protective practices and conduct decision-making during crisis situations.

Keywords: COVID-19, child’s rights, child protection, child protection worker, pandemic, detrimental care

An overview of the article can be found here: A child’s right to protection during the COVID-19 crisis, An exploratory study of the Child Protective Services of Estonia