From child welfare to children well-being: the child indicators perspective

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Al Khan was among the first to study children's welfare in a comparative way and to monitor the status of children over time. As early as the 1940th Kahn was involved in one of the pioneering efforts to study the ``state of children'' in New York through his collaboration with the Citizen Committee for Children (Ben-Arieh, 2006). Similarly, some 40 years ago, Al and Sheila Kamerman were the first to examine child welfare across developed countries (Kamerman Kahn, 1978).
Today, after more than 50 years, not only have we witnessed a shift from child
welfare to child well-being, but, as I will attempt to show in this chapter, we have seen child indicators undergo a dramatic change. Truly, most of these changes have occurred only in the last 25 years, but they are no less dramatic because of it, and they are in line with changes in the broader field of child welfare. These changes have not occurred in isolation. They are the consequence of the work and efforts of many around the globe. I have been lucky to be in the center of the child indicators movement during the last 20 years. I am even luckier to have had Al along with me, curious and enthusiastic as ever and always looking into the future trying to understand and foresee not only where we are, but where we should be going.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationFrom child welfare to child well-being: an international perspective on knowledge in the service of policy making
EditorsSheila B. Kamerman, Shelley Phipps, Asher Ben-Arieh
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-3377-2
StatePublished - 2010

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NameChildren’s well-being: indicators and research


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