Child Care in Practice - Call for Papers

25 July 2017

Child Care in Practice - Call for Papers

Raising the Voice of Children and Young People in Care

Child Care in Practice intends to publish a special edition focused on the voice of children and young people in care that considers the practice initiatives and policy developments that are attempting to raise their voice. Children and young people in state care are living lives subject to bureaucratic decision making. The research and practice literature have identified numerous negative effects that this lack of voice can have on children and young people’s well-being. Actions to address the absence of children and young people’s voice have included International Children’s Rights Conventions,, national and local level legislation to establish mechanisms to promote children and young people’s voice; and youth-organized self-advocacy regarding system improvement. This issue of Child Care in Practice offers the opportunity to reflect on the work that has been done to secure the voice of children and young people in care, particularly in regard to agency decision making, and it will explores how an increased voice for children and young people might continue, develop and improve in a culture of co-production for public services.

The special issue would be guest edited by Vivian McConvey, Chief Executive of VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care), Professor Mary Collins, Professor of Social Welfare Policy, School of Social Work Boston University, and Jason Caldwell, Principal Social Work Practitioner, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

Papers are welcomed from a range of disciplines including social work, youth work, education, child health, criminology, psychology, law and sociology. Combining research findings and practice reflections will ensure that complementary areas and topics are well addressed.

Submission Details

Authors considering contributing a paper to the special edition should submit a 250-word abstract summarizing the title, authors, focus and main points of the article by Monday 25th September 2017.

Please send abstracts to Cait Morgan, Assistant Editor (

All abstracts will be acknowledged and a final decision made by 7th October 2017.

Guidelines for authors on the preparation of Abstracts are available at:

The first draft of papers must be submitted by 7th December 2017, and all papers will be subject to the usual peer review process of the journal. While not every paper submitted will necessarily be included in this Special Edition of the Journal, if the paper is of a publishable standard, it will be published in a later edition.

For full instructions for authors visit

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