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Har anmälan hjälpt barnet, eller snarare stjälpt det? En kvalitativ studie om förskollärares, BVC-sjuksköterskors och socialsekreterares syn på anmälningsskyldigheten och samverkan när det gäller barn som misstänks fara illa

Norstedt, Marie LU and Svensson, Johanna LU (2010) SOPA63 20092
School of Social Work
Abstract
The mandatory report legislation under Chapter 14, 1 § Social Services Act, imposes an obligation to report to social services if they suspect child maltreatment. The interest for our thesis topic was brought when we read articles and previous research showing that preschool teachers and well baby nurses do not always notify when they suspect child maltreatment. The aim of this study was to examine preschool teachers’, well baby nurses’ and social secretaries’ view on the concept of children being maltreated, the mandatory reporting legislation and the collaboration. We used 13 qualitative interviews in order to obtain our results and analyzed them based on past research on this subject and two different theories - decision theory, where... (More)
The mandatory report legislation under Chapter 14, 1 § Social Services Act, imposes an obligation to report to social services if they suspect child maltreatment. The interest for our thesis topic was brought when we read articles and previous research showing that preschool teachers and well baby nurses do not always notify when they suspect child maltreatment. The aim of this study was to examine preschool teachers’, well baby nurses’ and social secretaries’ view on the concept of children being maltreated, the mandatory reporting legislation and the collaboration. We used 13 qualitative interviews in order to obtain our results and analyzed them based on past research on this subject and two different theories - decision theory, where the decision-making process was in focus and communication theory, where the importance of feedback was at the centre. The results showed that all of our respondents felt that the concept of children being maltreated is a broad concept which makes it difficult to define exactly what that means. The same applies to the mandatory reporting legislation, which both preschool teachers and well baby nurses found it difficult to determine what a suspicion is and then decide to notify or not notify. The reasons that came up as to why a report is not always done when you suspect child maltreatment could be about a fear of losing the confidence of the child and family. There was also a great frustration among both preschool and child welfare centre over the lack of feedback after a report. This could affect their decision to report at the next opportunity, if they don’t find out if the report has helped or made it worse for the child. Enhanced collaboration was called for, not only in acute cases, but also an ongoing collaboration where the staff could get important information from the social services about the mandatory reporting legislation, the Official Secrets Act, and how social services work. The social secretaries were, in turn, aware that the arrangements were inadequate, but said that they needed more resources and someone who is responsible for collaboration so that it is implemented in practice. (Less)
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Norstedt, Marie LU and Svensson, Johanna LU
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SOPA63 20092
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Feedback, Collaboration, Mandatory reporting legislation, Maltreatment, Children being maltreated
language
Swedish
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1530501
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2010-01-25 14:34:23
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Har anmälan hjälpt barnet, eller snarare stjälpt det? En kvalitativ studie om förskollärares, BVC-sjuksköterskors och socialsekreterares syn på anmälningsskyldigheten och samverkan när det gäller barn som misstänks fara illa},
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