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"Ofta lägger man krut på helt fel saker" - En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares syn på barns delaktighet i socialtjänstens barnavårdsutredningar.

Andersson, Emma LU (2017) SOPA63 20162
School of Social Work
Abstract
Children’s participation could seem to be an obvious ingredient in social services child protection investigations. Children’s rights to make their voice and opinion heard and to affect the decisions that involve them is stated in law, conventions and other regulations. Despite this, a lot of previous studies show that children’s rights often are forgotten or non-prioritized in social services. The aim of my study is to examine how social workers interpret children’s participation and how the social workers discretion can be of significance to the children’s participation. This study is based on semi structured interviews with five social workers who all work with child protection investigations in different counties in the south of... (More)
Children’s participation could seem to be an obvious ingredient in social services child protection investigations. Children’s rights to make their voice and opinion heard and to affect the decisions that involve them is stated in law, conventions and other regulations. Despite this, a lot of previous studies show that children’s rights often are forgotten or non-prioritized in social services. The aim of my study is to examine how social workers interpret children’s participation and how the social workers discretion can be of significance to the children’s participation. This study is based on semi structured interviews with five social workers who all work with child protection investigations in different counties in the south of Sweden. The analysis is based on the theory of “Street level bureaucracy” and how the use of children’s perspective is being affected by the social workers discretion. I found that the social workers don’t have any common conception of what children’s participation mean in fact. Because of this the social workers interpret ‘participation’ from how they think most children would like to participate which means they don’t use the children’s perspective. The social workers find children’s participation important but complicated and mean that they don’t have enough resources, mostly in shape of time and knowledge, to make it real. Sometimes the parents represent the children in the investigations, of various reasons. The social workers also found it a bit contradictive to follow all of the laws and regulations meanwhile trying to make an individual estimation of every child’s need. The result shows that social workers have a pretty big discretion but use it very differently depending on experience, knowledge, work situation and personality. Some social workers are more controlled by the organization and some are more willing to adapt to the children. The discretion seems necessary so that the social workers can make individual judgements in every single case. (Less)
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author
Andersson, Emma LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20162
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
handlingsutrymme, barnperspektiv, delaktighet, discretion, child perspective, participation, gräsrotsbyråkrati
language
Swedish
id
8904745
date added to LUP
2017-03-20 11:50:39
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2017-03-20 11:50:39
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  abstract     = {Children’s participation could seem to be an obvious ingredient in social services child protection investigations. Children’s rights to make their voice and opinion heard and to affect the decisions that involve them is stated in law, conventions and other regulations. Despite this, a lot of previous studies show that children’s rights often are forgotten or non-prioritized in social services. The aim of my study is to examine how social workers interpret children’s participation and how the social workers discretion can be of significance to the children’s participation. This study is based on semi structured interviews with five social workers who all work with child protection investigations in different counties in the south of Sweden. The analysis is based on the theory of “Street level bureaucracy” and how the use of children’s perspective is being affected by the social workers discretion. I found that the social workers don’t have any common conception of what children’s participation mean in fact. Because of this the social workers interpret ‘participation’ from how they think most children would like to participate which means they don’t use the children’s perspective. The social workers find children’s participation important but complicated and mean that they don’t have enough resources, mostly in shape of time and knowledge, to make it real. Sometimes the parents represent the children in the investigations, of various reasons. The social workers also found it a bit contradictive to follow all of the laws and regulations meanwhile trying to make an individual estimation of every child’s need. The result shows that social workers have a pretty big discretion but use it very differently depending on experience, knowledge, work situation and personality. Some social workers are more controlled by the organization and some are more willing to adapt to the children. The discretion seems necessary so that the social workers can make individual judgements in every single case.},
  author       = {Andersson, Emma},
  keyword      = {handlingsutrymme,barnperspektiv,delaktighet,discretion,child perspective,participation,gräsrotsbyråkrati},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Ofta lägger man krut på helt fel saker" - En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares syn på barns delaktighet i socialtjänstens barnavårdsutredningar.},
  year         = {2017},
}