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Making sense of common sense: examining the decision-making of politically appointed representatives in Swedish child protection

Författare och institution:
Torbjörn Forkby (Institutionen för socialt arbete); Staffan Höjer (Institutionen för socialt arbete); Andreas Liljegren (Institutionen för socialt arbete)
Publicerad i:
Child & Family Social Work, 21 ( 1 ) s. 14–25
ISSN:
1356-7500
E-ISSN:
1365-2206
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
A distinguishing feature of Swedish child protection is the direct and indirect influence on decision-making in individual cases by representatives appointed by their elected political parties. As members of local committees, they take the most interventionist and costly decisions themselves, informed by care proposals submitted by professional social workers. Other decisions are delegated to professional social workers. In direct decision-making, they are supposed to act as laypersons using their own judgement and experience, not as politicians. The aim of this paper is to describe and analyse these committees, their role and responsibilities, and possible influence of politics on child protection. A mixed method was used, with a survey sent to 467 representatives, structured interviews with 99 secretaries of local committees and data drawn from national statistics. The Swedish model is discussed as a hybrid system influenced not only by professional, bureaucratic, political and market governance logics but also by laypersons. One conclusion is that although child protection is directly influenced by politics, the reverse is also true. By exposing politicians to the difficult life circumstances and societal shortcomings experienced by vulnerable children, the system can, in turn, have an impact on politics at the municipal level.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete
Nyckelord:
child protection (policy and practice); child protection; children in need (services for); social services departments
Postens nummer:
188096
Posten skapad:
2013-12-02 15:36
Posten ändrad:
2016-05-25 14:53

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