Mónica López López

Associate Professor of Child and Family Welfare

Universitair Hoofddocent
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Child and Family Welfare

Gezin en familie
Ontwikkeling en welzijn van kinderen


  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child welfare system
  • Child protection
  • Decision-making
  • Participation

Expert Statement

My main motivation as an academic is to increase the effectiveness and accountability of child welfare systems by improving our scientific understanding of the variations in child protection outcomes that are decision-based. My research interests include the disparities in child protection decision-making, the impact of professionals’ personal attributes in decisions, the participation of children and families in the decision-making processes, and the variations of decision-making policy across countries. 

Voorbeeld van relevante publicatie

Zeijlmans, K., van Yperen, T., & López López, M. (2020). The level-headed approach on errors and mistakes in Dutch child protection: an individual duty or a shared responsibility? In K. Biesel, J. Masson, N. Parton, & T. Pösö (Eds.), Errors and mistakes in child protection: International discourses, approaches, and strategies. London: Policy Press.
López López, M., Bouma, H., Grietens, H., & Knorth, E. J. (2019). The Dutch child protection system: Historical overview and recent transformations. In R. D. Krugman, L. Merkel-Holguin & J. Fluke (Eds.), National Systems of Child Protection. Understanding the International Variability and Context for Developing Policy and Practice. New York: Springer.
Bouma, H., López López, M., Grietens, H., & Knorth, E. (2018). Meaningful participation for children in the child protection system: A critical analysis of relevant provisions in policy documents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 279-292. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.02.016.
López López, M., Fluke, J., Benbenishty, R., & Knorth, E. (2015). Commentary on decision-making and judgments in child maltreatment prevention and response: An overview. Child Abuse and Neglect, 49, 1-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.08.013.
Benbenishty, R., Davidson-Arad, B., López López, M., Devaney, J., Spratt, T., et al. (2015). Decision-making in child protection: an international comparative study on maltreatment substantiation, risk assessment and intervention recommendations and the role of professionals’ child welfare attitudes. Child Abuse and Neglect, 49, 63-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.03.015.