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Familjehemsvårdens organisatoriska förutsättningar : En kvalitativ studie utifrån familjehemssekreterares erfarenheter i relation till kontroll, tillsyn och sammanbrott inom familjehemsvården

Arenwik, Sanna LU and Hjalmarsson, Matilda LU (2015) SOPA63 20151
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine the organizational conditions in foster care placements when it comes to control and oversight. More specifically its aim was to do this through a group of social workers point of view to see what their organizational experiences were to work with private companies which recruits foster care families, and whom or what they identify as the causative factors when it occur maltreatment within foster care family placements and also when they collapse.

It was found that most of the social workers preferred not to work with private foster care family recruiter companies, because of the difficulties and loss in communication between the social worker, the family and the private consultants. The result of... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine the organizational conditions in foster care placements when it comes to control and oversight. More specifically its aim was to do this through a group of social workers point of view to see what their organizational experiences were to work with private companies which recruits foster care families, and whom or what they identify as the causative factors when it occur maltreatment within foster care family placements and also when they collapse.

It was found that most of the social workers preferred not to work with private foster care family recruiter companies, because of the difficulties and loss in communication between the social worker, the family and the private consultants. The result of the study showed that most of the contact with these foster care families where controlled by the private consultants, but the social workers still had the ultimate responsibility when it came to control and oversight. The study also showed that collapses in foster care homes are rare and in those cases where they occur, the main reason is relational difficulties between the foster care family and the foster care placed child. Furthermore, the study revealed an overall high workload for social workers, which is forcing the social workers to opt out on documentation. In some cases, this led to loss of important information regarding the child’s situation in the foster care family and that could lead to maltreatment without the social workers knowledge. The study showed that the reasons to maltreatment and collapses in foster care homes could most certainly lay within organizational factors such as staff access, workload and a loss of close contact with foster care homes and the children placed in them.

Key words: foster care, foster care families, private recruits, social work, control, oversight, collapse, maltreatment, organizational factors, high workload (Less)
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author
Arenwik, Sanna LU and Hjalmarsson, Matilda LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20151
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
high workload, organizational factors, maltreatment, collapse, oversight, control, social work, private recruits, foster care families, foster care
language
Swedish
id
7860456
date added to LUP
2015-09-10 16:49:54
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2015-09-10 16:49:54
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It was found that most of the social workers preferred not to work with private foster care family recruiter companies, because of the difficulties and loss in communication between the social worker, the family and the private consultants. The result of the study showed that most of the contact with these foster care families where controlled by the private consultants, but the social workers still had the ultimate responsibility when it came to control and oversight. The study also showed that collapses in foster care homes are rare and in those cases where they occur, the main reason is relational difficulties between the foster care family and the foster care placed child. Furthermore, the study revealed an overall high workload for social workers, which is forcing the social workers to opt out on documentation. In some cases, this led to loss of important information regarding the child’s situation in the foster care family and that could lead to maltreatment without the social workers knowledge. The study showed that the reasons to maltreatment and collapses in foster care homes could most certainly lay within organizational factors such as staff access, workload and a loss of close contact with foster care homes and the children placed in them.

Key words: foster care, foster care families, private recruits, social work, control, oversight, collapse, maltreatment, organizational factors, high workload},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Familjehemsvårdens organisatoriska förutsättningar : En kvalitativ studie utifrån familjehemssekreterares erfarenheter i relation till kontroll, tillsyn och sammanbrott inom familjehemsvården},
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