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Madeleine Cocozza

Associate Professor

Child Protection in the Society

When children are subjected to abuse, assault or neglect, they are dependent on an effective child protection to grow safely.

In Sweden, the protection of children is part of the Social Services organisation. Child protection is governed by two laws; Social Services Act and the Care of Young Persons Act. 

In my research I have shown that the child protection system must change to become more secure.

The construction has several weaknesses:

  • Protection of children is difficult to distinguish from other services within the Social Services organisation
  • No national register on the reports/surveys conducted in the child protection system
  • Lack of specific training for professionals to work in child protection
  • Due to lack of specific training for professionals, few methods have been developed
  • The decision not to investigate a notification is not reliable
  • The decision not to investigate a notification within the child protection system is not reliable

These findings emphasize that very little is known about how the child protection system manages to design a child protection process that is satisfactorily safe for abused children. Further research is required with more refined measurements of several of the child protection processes to know more about how well the system protects children.

Publications and Books

Publications in DiVA


Madeleine Cocozza (2022) Den systemteoretiska analysen: en utgångspunkt i familje- och parpsykoterapeutisk behandling


Madeleine Cocozza (2021) Familjelivet: om de nära relationerna


Maria Zetterqvist, H. Erneroth Hanell, Marie Wadsby, Madeleine Cocozza, Per Gustafsson (2020) Validation of the Systemic Clinical Outcome and Routine Evaluation (SCORE-15) self-report questionnaire: index of family functioning and change in Swedish families Journal of Family Therapy, Vol. 42, p. 129-148 Continue to DOI


  • Cocozza, M. (2011). Familjebygget – Ritningen som hjälper dig att förstå och bygga din familj
  • Cocozza, M. (2013). Barn far illa! –en analys av bristerna i samhällets familjebygge
  • Coczza, M. (2016). Leva som föräldrar.


  • Cocozza , M., & Hort SE.O. (2011). The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State? Child Abuse and Protection in Sweden in Child Protection Systems International Trends and Orientations. Edited by Nigel Parton, and Edited by Marit Skivenes.
  • Cocozza, M. (2014) i Barnrätt- En antologi . Redaktör: Ann-Christin Cederborg & Wiweka Warnling-Nerep