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Socialtjänstens dubbla uppdrag : Socialsekreterares perspektiv på socialt arbete med unga lagöverträdare

Medak, Aleksandar LU (2016) SOAM20 20161
School of Social Work
Abstract
The objective of this study is to describe and analyze the child welfare officers’ understanding of their work with the young offenders and how they explain and handle their double assignment (help vs. control).

Three main questions in this study are following:
1. Which goals, motives and methods do child welfare officers have in their work with the young offenders?
2. What makes a child a young offender and their acts criminal acts?
3. What is child welfare officers’ understanding of their own change management, its possibilities and limitations?

The method used in this study consists of semi-structured interviews. The persons interviewed in this study were five child welfare officers that work in the city of Stockholm... (More)
The objective of this study is to describe and analyze the child welfare officers’ understanding of their work with the young offenders and how they explain and handle their double assignment (help vs. control).

Three main questions in this study are following:
1. Which goals, motives and methods do child welfare officers have in their work with the young offenders?
2. What makes a child a young offender and their acts criminal acts?
3. What is child welfare officers’ understanding of their own change management, its possibilities and limitations?

The method used in this study consists of semi-structured interviews. The persons interviewed in this study were five child welfare officers that work in the city of Stockholm (Stockholms stad) in four different social services; Enskede-Årsta-Vantör, Rinkeby-Kista, Skärholmen and Bromma.
Theories used in this study were empowerment, social control, labeling theory, the power perspective and the pastoral power.

I come to the conclusion that the main goal of the child welfare officers is to do assessments and make the decision if the child and its family are in need of help from the social service. The way that the child welfare officers work with their clients is a mixture of the public authority and motivation.
The main motivation of the child welfare officers is to help the child and the family in need. Methods that they use in their assessments about the youth offenders are BBiC (Children’s needs at the center), MI (motivational interviewing), ADAD (Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis), SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth) and Signs of safety.
The majority of the young offenders have a history of family and school problems and a background that is not ethnic Swedish. Child welfare officers think that many of those clients are in a special need of motivation and empowerment.
The most of the child welfare officers do not think that they have the power to make some significant changes in the young offenders’ lives. Possibilities are many because they are working with the group of the young people who theoretically can change their destructive lifestyle with help of motivation and treatments.
Most of the child welfare officers see the juridical system in Sweden and the cooperation with the courts and the police as the limitation in their work and they would like to change and improve the cooperation with them on young offenders. Besides that, some of them would like to change and improve how social services work with the young offenders today. (Less)
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Medak, Aleksandar LU
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organization
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SOAM20 20161
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
juvenile delinquency, young offenders, child welfare officers, social work, public authority, empowerment, social control, labeling theory, power relations
language
Swedish
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8892400
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2016-09-26 09:36:03
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  abstract     = {The objective of this study is to describe and analyze the child welfare officers’ understanding of their work with the young offenders and how they explain and handle their double assignment (help vs. control).

Three main questions in this study are following:
1. Which goals, motives and methods do child welfare officers have in their work with the young offenders?
2. What makes a child a young offender and their acts criminal acts?
3. What is child welfare officers’ understanding of their own change management, its possibilities and limitations?

The method used in this study consists of semi-structured interviews. The persons interviewed in this study were five child welfare officers that work in the city of Stockholm (Stockholms stad) in four different social services; Enskede-Årsta-Vantör, Rinkeby-Kista, Skärholmen and Bromma. 
Theories used in this study were empowerment, social control, labeling theory, the power perspective and the pastoral power. 

I come to the conclusion that the main goal of the child welfare officers is to do assessments and make the decision if the child and its family are in need of help from the social service. The way that the child welfare officers work with their clients is a mixture of the public authority and motivation. 
The main motivation of the child welfare officers is to help the child and the family in need. Methods that they use in their assessments about the youth offenders are BBiC (Children’s needs at the center), MI (motivational interviewing), ADAD (Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis), SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth) and Signs of safety. 
The majority of the young offenders have a history of family and school problems and a background that is not ethnic Swedish. Child welfare officers think that many of those clients are in a special need of motivation and empowerment.
The most of the child welfare officers do not think that they have the power to make some significant changes in the young offenders’ lives. Possibilities are many because they are working with the group of the young people who theoretically can change their destructive lifestyle with help of motivation and treatments. 
Most of the child welfare officers see the juridical system in Sweden and the cooperation with the courts and the police as the limitation in their work and they would like to change and improve the cooperation with them on young offenders. Besides that, some of them would like to change and improve how social services work with the young offenders today.},
  author       = {Medak, Aleksandar},
  keyword      = {juvenile delinquency,young offenders,child welfare officers,social work,public authority,empowerment,social control,labeling theory,power relations},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Socialtjänstens dubbla uppdrag : Socialsekreterares perspektiv på socialt arbete med unga lagöverträdare},
  year         = {2016},
}