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Var ska jag växa upp? En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares resonemang vid vårdnadsöverflyttningar

Rogland, Frida LU (2017) SOPA63 20171
School of Social Work
Abstract
The main purpose of this essay was to examine how social workers reason when the custody of a child placed in foster care should be transferred from their biological parents to their foster parents, and how social workers understand and use the concept of the child’s best when doing these considerations. The method used was semi-structured interviews based on two vignettes. In total six respondents participated in the study. All participants are social workers whose daily tasks involve considerations regarding custody of children. The theoretical framework used in this essay was guided by the concepts of discretion, power, categorizing and roles. The findings were that the social workers consider very similar aspects in their arguing about... (More)
The main purpose of this essay was to examine how social workers reason when the custody of a child placed in foster care should be transferred from their biological parents to their foster parents, and how social workers understand and use the concept of the child’s best when doing these considerations. The method used was semi-structured interviews based on two vignettes. In total six respondents participated in the study. All participants are social workers whose daily tasks involve considerations regarding custody of children. The theoretical framework used in this essay was guided by the concepts of discretion, power, categorizing and roles. The findings were that the social workers consider very similar aspects in their arguing about whether the custody should be transferred or not, regardless their place of work, but differ in how they prioritize the different aspects of the specific case, for example to what extent the biological parents’ opinion should matter or how to decide the children’s best. One significant finding was that the child’s opinion was said to be very important but in the end the social worker often used her position to decide what’s best for the child. (Less)
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Rogland, Frida LU
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SOPA63 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
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children’s best, foster care, social workers’ discretion, custody
language
Swedish
id
8911047
date added to LUP
2017-06-07 11:02:59
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  abstract     = {The main purpose of this essay was to examine how social workers reason when the custody of a child placed in foster care should be transferred from their biological parents to their foster parents, and how social workers understand and use the concept of the child’s best when doing these considerations. The method used was semi-structured interviews based on two vignettes. In total six respondents participated in the study. All participants are social workers whose daily tasks involve considerations regarding custody of children. The theoretical framework used in this essay was guided by the concepts of discretion, power, categorizing and roles. The findings were that the social workers consider very similar aspects in their arguing about whether the custody should be transferred or not, regardless their place of work, but differ in how they prioritize the different aspects of the specific case, for example to what extent the biological parents’ opinion should matter or how to decide the children’s best. One significant finding was that the child’s opinion was said to be very important but in the end the social worker often used her position to decide what’s best for the child.},
  author       = {Rogland, Frida},
  keyword      = {children’s best,foster care,social workers’ discretion,custody},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Var ska jag växa upp? En kvalitativ studie om socialsekreterares resonemang vid vårdnadsöverflyttningar},
  year         = {2017},
}