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Social services provided for physically abused children in Sweden: background factors and interventions

Lindell, C and Svedin, Carl Göran LU (2004) In International Journal of Social Welfare 13(4). p.340-349
Abstract
This study aims at describing and analysing what kinds of social services are provided for physically abused children in Sweden. The social services files were examined for 113 children under 15 years of age (67 boys and 46 girls) who had been reported to the police as having been physically abused by a parent or equivalent caretaker in a particular police district. The children's social services files indicated an increased risk of a parental abusive behaviour prior to the abuse incident. There had been former interventions in 81 per cent of the families and previous reports on neglect or abuse in 44 per cent of the 113 families. After the abuse incident, investiga-tions were opened in 80 per cent of the cases. The three most common... (More)
This study aims at describing and analysing what kinds of social services are provided for physically abused children in Sweden. The social services files were examined for 113 children under 15 years of age (67 boys and 46 girls) who had been reported to the police as having been physically abused by a parent or equivalent caretaker in a particular police district. The children's social services files indicated an increased risk of a parental abusive behaviour prior to the abuse incident. There had been former interventions in 81 per cent of the families and previous reports on neglect or abuse in 44 per cent of the 113 families. After the abuse incident, investiga-tions were opened in 80 per cent of the cases. The three most common interventions were placement in foster care, referrals to Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service and Social Services support contacts. The study shows that there was a tendency towards more proactive work with injured children, children of immigrant parents and children of mentally ill parents. (Less)
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interventions, risk factors, physical child abuse, social services
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International Journal of Social Welfare
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13
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4
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340 - 349
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Wiley-Blackwell
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1369-6866
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10.1111/j.1468-2397.2004.00330.x
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English
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  author       = {Lindell, C and Svedin, Carl Göran},
  issn         = {1369-6866},
  keyword      = {interventions,risk factors,physical child abuse,social services},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {340--349},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {International Journal of Social Welfare},
  title        = {Social services provided for physically abused children in Sweden: background factors and interventions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2004.00330.x},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2004},
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