A1 Journal article (refereed)
Moral stances and moral language in reports investigating child protection in Finland (2020)

Poikolainen, T. (2020). Moral stances and moral language in reports investigating child protection in Finland. Nordic Social Work Research, 10(2), 114-126. https://doi.org/10.1080/2156857X.2019.1710241

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All authors or editors: Poikolainen, Tytti

Journal or series: Nordic Social Work Research

ISSN: 2156-857X

eISSN: 2156-8588

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 10

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 114-126

Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/2156857X.2019.1710241

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In 2012, an eight-year-old girl was murdered in Finland by her father and her father’s spouse. The death of this girl, who was already known to child protection services and other support organizations, drew attention to problems in Finland’s child protection system and led to the commissioning of several public investigations. Reports on these investigations were published as separate reports in 2013 and 2014.

This study assessed the moral stances on children taken in three reports through a philosophical analysis of the moral language contained in them. The analysis yielded four themes: children’s voice, rights, a good childhood, and vulnerability. The reports included both explicit and implicit moral stances towards children. Because these reports have an impact on child protection practices, their moral stances on children need to be explicitly studied and discussed.

Keywords: child protection; research reports; death; children (age groups); attitudes; morals

Free keywords: child protection; investigation reports; moral stances; moral language; child death cases

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Reporting Year: 2020

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