Kinderschutzsysteme: ein internationaler Vergleich von Good Practice

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


  • Lead department Social Work
  • Institute Social Intervention focus area 
    Social Security focus area
  • Funding organisation Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (Bundesverwaltung)
  • Duration 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2012
  • Project management Jachen Curdin Nett
  • Head of project Jachen Curdin Nett
  • 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.