Call for Papers

Risk, Assessment and Decision-making in Children's Services

Call for Papers - Extended
Risk, Decision-making and Assessment
Guest editors of this Special Issue, due for publication in 2020, have extended the Call for Papers and would particularly welcome submissions from outside the UK and Ireland, to add to the high quality papers already under review. 
Child Care in Practice is a quarterly journal produced in Northern Ireland yet carrying papers and targeting audiences internationally. Its readers represent professionals working in all disciplines in the provision of children's services, from social care to health care, medicine to psychology, education, the police and probationary services, to solicitors and barristers. The journal is peer-reviewed to ensure the highest of standards.
The primary aim of this Special Issue is to further develop practice, policy and academic insight into the issue of risk, assessment and decision-making in any area of children’s services.  All manuscripts must therefore include these topics as their main focus. 
Researchers, academics, practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders that have an interest in this area, are welcome to submit original research or case studies. This special issue will also consider theoretical and conceptual articles based on a rigorous method that advances knowledge of the subject matter.
 Papers must:
  1. Relate to the theme of risk, or assessment or decision-making in any area of children’s services.
  2. Demonstrate a high standard of theoretical exposition with a clear link to informing research, policy and practice developments in children’s services. 
All papers of an appropriate standard for publication, will be published by the journal, either in the Special Issue, if selected by the editors for inclusion, or in a regular issue of the journal.  Please note that papers must not at the same time be submitted to any other journal. 
The special issue will be guest edited by Brian Taylor, Professor of Social Work, Ulster University, and Paul McCafferty, Lecturer in Social Work, Queens University Belfast.
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 8th April.
Please send abstracts to Cait Morgan, Assistant Editor (
 Guidelines for authors on the preparation of Abstracts are available at:
The first draft of papers must be submitted by 3rd June 2019, and all papers will be subject to the usual peer review process of the journal.  
For full instructions for authors visit

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