Child Protection in Israel

Daphna Gross-Manos, Eran Melkman, Aya Almog-Zaken

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This chapter explains child protection in Israel. Child protection policies, services, and practices are forced to adjust rapidly to the needs of the growing young population as Israel is still a relatively young state. Data collection is also another challenge within the Israeli child protection system. The chapter notes that neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse are mostly referred in Israel’s official reports of maltreatment cases to social services. It highlights the investigation, substantiation, and decision-making processes of Child Protection Officers regarding children in need of protection and its resemblance to the European welfare system model. Israeli child intervention and prevention services consist of out-of-home care and community-based services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Child Protection Systems
EditorsJill Duerr Berrick, Neil Gilbert, Marit Skivenes
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780197503577
ISBN (Print)9780197503546
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • CPOs
  • Israel
  • child protection
  • data collection
  • decision-making
  • investigation
  • maltreatment
  • social services
  • substantiation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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