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Barn i skyddat boende: personalens perspektiv på barnens situation och föräldraumgänge i fall där barn bevittnat våld i hemmet

Kokic, Inna LU (2016) RÄSK02 20161
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract
Children who witness violence against a parent falls victim to a form of mental abuse. The children often react in fear, anxiety and sadness. Children who witness violence are as much in need of help and support as those children who are themselves victims of violence. A person who is subjected to violence by their partners in Sweden have an opportunity to seek protection. With the help of social services or the police, a person can be placed in so-called protective housing. In some places in Sweden, the adults the opportunity to bring their children to stay protected. Protective housing offers children support in the form of rehabilitating talks, help with schooling and organizing various activities. In cases where the child lives... (More)
Children who witness violence against a parent falls victim to a form of mental abuse. The children often react in fear, anxiety and sadness. Children who witness violence are as much in need of help and support as those children who are themselves victims of violence. A person who is subjected to violence by their partners in Sweden have an opportunity to seek protection. With the help of social services or the police, a person can be placed in so-called protective housing. In some places in Sweden, the adults the opportunity to bring their children to stay protected. Protective housing offers children support in the form of rehabilitating talks, help with schooling and organizing various activities. In cases where the child lives protected because they have witnessed domestic violence, social services should take into account the child's right to contact with both parents while the child's safety must not be jeopardized. The problem is thus based on how the child's best interests, child protection and the child’s own will can simultaneously be taken into account in cases where it will be decided if visitation. This study's aim was to find out what experiences the staff of the protective housing has of children who have witnessed violence, as well as the attitudes and experience of staff have regarding the social services decision-taking of the children's visitation with the violent parent.

The results were based on interviews with staff from one protective housing in southern Sweden. The conclusion drawn is that the workers of the protective housing perceive that the social services do not always do everything in their power to ensure that the child’s best interest is that what a decision is based on. This is not necessarily proof that social services do wrong-doing, however, this suggests a strong lack of cooperation between the authority and the protective housings. Social services most probably make their decisions based on current law. However, there is room for improvement in order to reach a higher and safer level of ensuring that children's rights are maintained while providing the necessary conditions for a safe life. (Less)
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Kokic, Inna LU
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RÄSK02 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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protective housing, visitation, children, witnessing violence
language
Swedish
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8877504
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2016-06-17 12:54:29
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  abstract     = {Children who witness violence against a parent falls victim to a form of mental abuse. The children often react in fear, anxiety and sadness. Children who witness violence are as much in need of help and support as those children who are themselves victims of violence. A person who is subjected to violence by their partners in Sweden have an opportunity to seek protection. With the help of social services or the police, a person can be placed in so-called protective housing. In some places in Sweden, the adults the opportunity to bring their children to stay protected. Protective housing offers children support in the form of rehabilitating talks, help with schooling and organizing various activities. In cases where the child lives protected because they have witnessed domestic violence, social services should take into account the child's right to contact with both parents while the child's safety must not be jeopardized. The problem is thus based on how the child's best interests, child protection and the child’s own will can simultaneously be taken into account in cases where it will be decided if visitation. This study's aim was to find out what experiences the staff of the protective housing has of children who have witnessed violence, as well as the attitudes and experience of staff have regarding the social services decision-taking of the children's visitation with the violent parent.

The results were based on interviews with staff from one protective housing in southern Sweden. The conclusion drawn is that the workers of the protective housing perceive that the social services do not always do everything in their power to ensure that the child’s best interest is that what a decision is based on. This is not necessarily proof that social services do wrong-doing, however, this suggests a strong lack of cooperation between the authority and the protective housings. Social services most probably make their decisions based on current law. However, there is room for improvement in order to reach a higher and safer level of ensuring that children's rights are maintained while providing the necessary conditions for a safe life.},
  author       = {Kokic, Inna},
  keyword      = {protective housing,visitation,children,witnessing violence},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Barn i skyddat boende: personalens perspektiv på barnens situation och föräldraumgänge i fall där barn bevittnat våld i hemmet},
  year         = {2016},
}