Interdisciplinary child welfare

Schmidt, A. & West­hoff, K. (2020). Inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry child wel­fa­re: Empi­ri­cal results for legal prac­ti­ce in the case of sepa­ra­ti­on of par­ents. Baden-Baden: Nomos. With a fore­word by Prof. Dr. Bernd von Hein­tschel-Hein­egg (reti­red pre­si­ding judge of the Bava­ri­an Supre­me Court and reti­red pre­si­ding judge of the Munich Hig­her Regio­nal Court for Sta­te Security).

This volu­me clo­ses the gap bet­ween norms, juris­pru­den­ti­al inter­pre­ta­ti­ons and empi­ri­cal results from the human sci­en­ces that are capa­ble of rea­ching a con­sen­sus to con­cre­ti­se the inde­fi­ni­te legal con­cept of child wel­fa­re. The first part of the book pres­ents the legal basis and the judgments of the Fede­ral Con­sti­tu­tio­nal Court and the Fede­ral Court of Jus­ti­ce for the wel­fa­re of the child; they are the frame­work for the second, lar­ger part, which pres­ents the empi­ri­cal facts from the human sci­en­ces in a com­pre­hen­si­ble and well-struc­tu­red way. The nor­ma­ti­ve deter­mi­na­ti­on and case-rela­ted inter­pre­ta­ti­on of the child’s best inte­rests can only suc­ceed if know­ledge is used that rela­tes to the social rea­li­ty of the child, i.e. psy­cho­lo­gi­cal, edu­ca­tio­nal and socio­lo­gi­cal know­ledge. The human sci­en­ces pro­vi­de a value sys­tem that cor­re­sponds to the legal decis­i­on-making cri­te­ria and thus a yard­stick for asses­sing the best inte­rests of the child in indi­vi­du­al cases and pla­cing the decis­i­on-making on a fact-based basis. The human-sci­en­ti­fic con­tent pre­sen­ted here, which is used to fill the legal con­cept of the best inte­rests of the child, with­stands the legal point of view and can the­r­e­fo­re be used by lawy­ers in order to gua­ran­tee legal secu­ri­ty. This inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry approach of a human-sci­en­ti­fic com­men­ta­ry on the legal child wel­fa­re cri­te­ria can be made available as a working aid to the fol­lo­wing tar­get groups: fami­ly jud­ges, pro­ce­du­ral coun­se­lors, cont­act nur­ses, sup­ple­men­ta­ry carers, experts, media­tors, youth wel­fa­re offi­cers, lawy­ers, poli­ti­ci­ans, parents.

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