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Barnets bästa? En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares resonemang kring hemlösa barnfamiljer

Olander, Sophia LU and Arnrud, Ylva LU (2012) SOPA63 20121
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how social workers reason concerning homeless families with children from the term “the child’s best interest” found in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Socialtjänstlagen (Social services act). We wanted to study how social workers reason about placements of homeless families in hotels and hostels. We also wanted to find out how social workers pay these children attention, what social workers think about how the children get affected by living in hotels and hostels and what social workers see as options when it comes to housing these families. The study was made using the qualitative method of doing semi-structured interviews. The interviews were conducted with seven social... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how social workers reason concerning homeless families with children from the term “the child’s best interest” found in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Socialtjänstlagen (Social services act). We wanted to study how social workers reason about placements of homeless families in hotels and hostels. We also wanted to find out how social workers pay these children attention, what social workers think about how the children get affected by living in hotels and hostels and what social workers see as options when it comes to housing these families. The study was made using the qualitative method of doing semi-structured interviews. The interviews were conducted with seven social workers from different districts in a big city in Sweden. Our study has been analyzed using the theoretical concepts of accounts, discretion and street-level bureaucracies. As a conclusion we found that social workers, working with emergency housing of homeless families with children, tend not to take the child’s best interest into consideration. Some of them felt they had limited (or no) options to choose from because of the scarce resources available in social services. They said that it was difficult to take the child’s best interest into account and that their focus was on assuring that the families received shelter and a decent existence. Many of the social workers stressed that it was an emergency solution and that in the acute situation there were no other options than hotels and hostels. It was obvious that the social workers felt that the children were adversely affected by living in temporary housing solutions.

Keywords: social workers, homeless families with children, the child’s best interest, emergency housing.

Nyckelord: socialsekreterare, hemlösa barnfamiljer, barnets bästa, akutboende. (Less)
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author
Olander, Sophia LU and Arnrud, Ylva LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20121
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
socialsekreterare, emergency housing, the child’s best interest, homeless families with children, Social workers, hemlösa barnfamiljer, barnets bästa, akutboende.
language
Swedish
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2740280
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2012-06-11 13:27:55
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how social workers reason concerning homeless families with children from the term “the child’s best interest” found in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Socialtjänstlagen (Social services act). We wanted to study how social workers reason about placements of homeless families in hotels and hostels. We also wanted to find out how social workers pay these children attention, what social workers think about how the children get affected by living in hotels and hostels and what social workers see as options when it comes to housing these families. The study was made using the qualitative method of doing semi-structured interviews. The interviews were conducted with seven social workers from different districts in a big city in Sweden. Our study has been analyzed using the theoretical concepts of accounts, discretion and street-level bureaucracies. As a conclusion we found that social workers, working with emergency housing of homeless families with children, tend not to take the child’s best interest into consideration. Some of them felt they had limited (or no) options to choose from because of the scarce resources available in social services. They said that it was difficult to take the child’s best interest into account and that their focus was on assuring that the families received shelter and a decent existence. Many of the social workers stressed that it was an emergency solution and that in the acute situation there were no other options than hotels and hostels. It was obvious that the social workers felt that the children were adversely affected by living in temporary housing solutions.

Keywords: social workers, homeless families with children, the child’s best interest, emergency housing.

Nyckelord: socialsekreterare, hemlösa barnfamiljer, barnets bästa, akutboende.},
  author       = {Olander, Sophia and Arnrud, Ylva},
  keyword      = {socialsekreterare,emergency housing,the child’s best interest,homeless families with children,Social workers,hemlösa barnfamiljer,barnets bästa,akutboende.},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Barnets bästa? En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares resonemang kring hemlösa barnfamiljer},
  year         = {2012},
}