“What Hinders Us from Safeguarding Maltreated Children?” A Report from Kuwaiti Child Protection Workers

S.F. Almutairi Nourah, A.B.A. Siti Hajar, Z. Siti Nur Edlyn


Due to the scarcity of studies on the subject of workers in the field of child protection, their professional practices and the challenges they face prevent the achievement of some goals of the child protection process. In addition, the Child Protection Law in Kuwait is one of the modern laws that was enacted in 2015. Therefore, this study aims to reveal the challenges facing child protection workers in Kuwait. A qualitative method was used to address the research question. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews from a sample of 12 child protection workers. The results related to the challenges revealed a range of problems facing caregivers in child protection, including training and knowledge gaps, limited authority and implementation, and unrealized expectations. The overall conclusion shows that despite the fact that child protection workers in Kuwait face numerous challenges, the identified interventions could significantly improve their effectiveness. Therefore, the government together with the relevant organizations should increase the organization of workshops and courses, working to establish rules for managing the case study so as not to disturb the results of the interviews from some families.


Keywords: child protection workers, social workers, child protection, child abuse, professionalism-based authority, proactive parental participation.


DOI: https://doi.org/10.55463/hkjss.issn.1021-3619.62.22

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