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När ett barn far illa - En vinjettstudie av socialarbetares bedömningar vid barnavårdsutredningar

Kathi, Virginia LU and Stjernfelt, Emelie LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
The vagueness of laws concerning social workers labor calls into question legal certainty; we therefore decided to study this matter. The aim of this study was to examine social workers assessments of a vulnerable child`s situation. The main questions to be answered were: What similarities and differences can be discerned in the social workers actions and reasoning? How is the child's perspective considered in social workers assessments? And what organizational conditions and other factors might affect social workers assessments? To answer these questions two vignettes illustrating a vulnerable child’s living conditions were answered, by seven social workers that work with child welfare inquiries in southern Sweden. The empirical data was... (More)
The vagueness of laws concerning social workers labor calls into question legal certainty; we therefore decided to study this matter. The aim of this study was to examine social workers assessments of a vulnerable child`s situation. The main questions to be answered were: What similarities and differences can be discerned in the social workers actions and reasoning? How is the child's perspective considered in social workers assessments? And what organizational conditions and other factors might affect social workers assessments? To answer these questions two vignettes illustrating a vulnerable child’s living conditions were answered, by seven social workers that work with child welfare inquiries in southern Sweden. The empirical data was analyzed by Lipsky’s theory about discretion and previous research relevant for this study. Through the analysis the conclusion was drawn that there are many differences and similarities between social workers assessments of a vulnerable child`s situation. There are also several factors affecting the social works assessments, for example organizational conditions like financial resources and workloads, but also the experiences and attitudes belonging to every social worker. (Less)
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author
Kathi, Virginia LU and Stjernfelt, Emelie LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Street Level Bureaucrat, Lipsky, discretion, child service
language
Swedish
id
3813014
date added to LUP
2013-06-20 11:13:49
date last changed
2013-06-20 11:13:49
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  abstract     = {The vagueness of laws concerning social workers labor calls into question legal certainty; we therefore decided to study this matter. The aim of this study was to examine social workers assessments of a vulnerable child`s situation. The main questions to be answered were: What similarities and differences can be discerned in the social workers actions and reasoning? How is the child's perspective considered in social workers assessments? And what organizational conditions and other factors might affect social workers assessments? To answer these questions two vignettes illustrating a vulnerable child’s living conditions were answered, by seven social workers that work with child welfare inquiries in southern Sweden. The empirical data was analyzed by Lipsky’s theory about discretion and previous research relevant for this study. Through the analysis the conclusion was drawn that there are many differences and similarities between social workers assessments of a vulnerable child`s situation. There are also several factors affecting the social works assessments, for example organizational conditions like financial resources and workloads, but also the experiences and attitudes belonging to every social worker.},
  author       = {Kathi, Virginia and Stjernfelt, Emelie},
  keyword      = {Street Level Bureaucrat,Lipsky,discretion,child service},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {När ett barn far illa - En vinjettstudie av socialarbetares bedömningar vid barnavårdsutredningar},
  year         = {2013},
}