The project made use of international expertise to conceptualise improvements in the organisational arrangements of child protection in Switzerland.


  • Lead school School of Social Work
  • Institute Institute for Childhood, Youth and Family
  • Funding organisation Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (Bundesverwaltung)
  • Duration 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2012
  • Project management Jachen Curdin Nett
  • Head of project Jachen Curdin Nett
  • Project staff Chiara Rondi
    Jachen Curdin Nett
  • Partner Queen’s University Belfast- School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
    Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V.
    Lunds universitet
    University of South Australia
    University of Jyväskylä
  • Keywords child protection, good practice, comparison, Australia, UK, Sweden, Finland, Germany


Case studies executed in different countries helped identifying examples of good practice in child protection. The possibility to introduce such good practice in Switzerland was examined.

Course of action

Case studies on national child protection systems executed in Australia, UK, Finland, Sweden, and Germany were compared and examined according to the different experiences made. Based on this, the international research team developed proposals for Switzerland, which were evaluated by a interdisciplinarily composed panel of experts. Subsequently recommendations were framed.


A key function of central government is to create a balanced set of legislation and policies, which whilst subject to local variation, reflect informed and agreed principles and standards, with clear lines of governance and authority. Our recommendations therefore reflect such standards and ideals.