Os maus tratos às crianças na família
: perspetivas e práticas da intervenção da comissão de proteção de crianças e jovens : um estudo de caso

  • Paula Godinho

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This research project deals with the issue of child abuse in the family. It aims to contribute to the understanding of rights promotion system and protection of children and young people at risk in Portugal, studying the dynamics of CPCJ intervention and the perspective of the professionals who work on it, regarding the protection system itself related to the families involved, as well as the challenges faced by professionals in their interventions. The main theoretical references about family has been studied by various disciplines and in the light of different theoretical frameworks. In methodological terms, we place ourselves in a comprehensive qualitative paradigm, adopting a mixed strategy with the focus of the analysis focused on the professionals' practices and their perspectives on the intervention process (qualitative strategy) and relate the profile of these families to the type of maltreatment that children were subjected to, also analyze the relation and correspondence of the mistreatment type with the family characteristics (quantitative strategy). From the methodological options assumed, techniques of quantitative and qualitative analysis of the results were combined. First, the database created from the census of the active processes until 31 December 2014 was analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 24.0, through the analysis of frequencies and tables of cross reference. In a second moment the information collected in the focus group was analyzed. After the complete transcription of the audio recordings, the texts were object of content analysis, this time, thematic. The data of the study frames the perspective of the technicians on the intervention in the scope of the enabling and pedagogical function that the law provides, adopting an attitude that focuses on the capacities of each person, the activation of resources and the social surveillance that is done in life of these families and children. In relation to the intervention families the technicians identify the negligent parental behavior as the main characteristic, and the identified challenges related to the intervention, meet the challenges identified by Healy (2012).
Date of Award22 Jan 2019
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorFrancisco Branco (Supervisor)


  • Child abuse
  • Social intervention
  • Protection
  • Social work


  • Doutoramento em Serviço Social

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