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Bruhn, A. (2018). Förutsättningar för relationsarbete i yrkesutövning på det sociala arbetets fält (1ed.). In: Anders Bruhn och Åsa Källström (Ed.), Relationer i socialt arbete: I gränslandet mellan profession och person (pp. 37-58). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förutsättningar för relationsarbete i yrkesutövning på det sociala arbetets fält
2018 (Swedish)In: Relationer i socialt arbete: I gränslandet mellan profession och person / [ed] Anders Bruhn och Åsa Källström, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, 1, p. 37-58Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2018 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65057 (URN)978-91-47-11311-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-02-16 Created: 2018-02-16 Last updated: 2018-02-19Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A. & Källström, Å. (2018). Inledning: Relationsbyggande på det sociala arbetes fält - utmaningar och möjligheter. In: Bruhn, Anders & Källström, Åsa (Ed.), Relationer i socialt arbete : I gränslandet mellan profession och person (pp. 9-15). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inledning: Relationsbyggande på det sociala arbetes fält - utmaningar och möjligheter
2018 (Swedish)In: Relationer i socialt arbete : I gränslandet mellan profession och person / [ed] Bruhn, Anders & Källström, Åsa, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 9-15Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2018
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64929 (URN)9789147113118 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-02-08 Created: 2018-02-08 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A. & Lindberg, O. (2018). Kriminalvården sluter sig för insyn utifrån. Dagens Nyheter DN Debatt (5 augusti)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kriminalvården sluter sig för insyn utifrån
2018 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter DN Debatt, ISSN 1101-2447, no 5 augustiArticle in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

En förändring i bemötandet gentemot utomstående forskning har uppstått hos Kriminal­vården. Den är inte lika öppen längre, skriver forskarna Anders Bruhn och Odd Lindberg. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: AB Dagens nyheter, 2018
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68516 (URN)
Note

Debattartikel

Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-08-17 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved
Lindahl, R. & Bruhn, A. (2018). Professional dilemmas and occupational constraints in child welfare workers' relationships with children and youth in foster care. Children and youth services review, 88, 333-340
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Professional dilemmas and occupational constraints in child welfare workers' relationships with children and youth in foster care
2018 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 88, p. 333-340Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

At the same time as the number of child and youth placements in foster care is increasing in Sweden, some serious deficiencies have been highlighted, such as instability in placements and shortcomings in the social services' monitoring. Because the child welfare workers are ultimately responsible for these children's situation, understanding how they handle their multi-dimensional occupational role is crucial. The aim of this article is to study child welfare workers' individual and collective experiences of and expectations about their occupational role and responsibilities in their administrative and relational work with children and youth in foster care. Individual interviews with child welfare workers from a previous evaluation of a national pilot project, and two focus groups with child welfare workers, constitute the empirical basis. Theoretically the article explores central concepts such as sub-roles, dilemmas, professionalism, and functional specificity. The results show that the child welfare workers are burdened by a heavy workload, but that the prerequisites and the obstacles they face also must be understood in relation to prevailing contradictions and dilemmas in their occupational role. Even though the child welfare workers stress that professionalism is about putting relational work first, their activity is dominated by administrative tasks and functional specificity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-66184 (URN)10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.03.039 (DOI)000432640800038 ()2-s2.0-85044447636 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A. & Källström, Å. (Eds.). (2018). Relationer i socialt arbete : I gränslandet mellan profession och person (1ed.). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relationer i socialt arbete : I gränslandet mellan profession och person
2018 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

En väl fungerande relation mellan socialarbetare och klient är ett nödvändigt villkor och ett grundelement i allt professionellt socialt arbete. Men trots att relationsarbete är svårt, så problematiseras det sällan i texter som rör det sociala arbetets kärna och karaktär.

I den här boken tar vi oss an just den uppgiften. Några exempel på frågeställningar som boken tar upp:

  • Vad kännetecknar ett gott relationsarbete på det sociala arbetets fält?
  • Hur kan en väl fungerande relation etableras mellan den professionelle tjänsteutövaren och en klient i ett mer eller mindre utsatt läge?
  • Hur och under vilka villkor kan ett gott relationsarbete utföras av socialarbetare inom olika verksamhetsområden?

Bokens kapitel inrymmer både teoretiska fördjupningar och praktiska exempel och kan därför användas såväl inom utbildningar för socionomer och på angränsande fält som inom praktik på olika sociala yrkesfält.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2018. p. 293 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64928 (URN)9789147113118 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-02-08 Created: 2018-02-08 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A. & Källström, Å. (2018). Slutord. In: Bruhn, Anders & Källström, Åsa (Ed.), Relationer i socialt arbete : I gränslandet mellan profession och person (pp. 279-284). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Slutord
2018 (Swedish)In: Relationer i socialt arbete : I gränslandet mellan profession och person / [ed] Bruhn, Anders & Källström, Åsa, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 279-284Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2018
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64931 (URN)9789147113118 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-02-08 Created: 2018-02-08 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved
Lindahl, R. & Bruhn, A. (2017). Foster children's experiences and expectations concerning the child-welfare officer role: Prerequisites and obstacles for close and trustful relationships. Child & Family Social Work, 22(4), 1415-1422
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Foster children's experiences and expectations concerning the child-welfare officer role: Prerequisites and obstacles for close and trustful relationships
2017 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 1415-1422Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question of whether the Swedish social services are fulfilling their obligation to monitor and support children in foster care is attracting increasing attention. The importance of closeness and trust between children and their child-welfare officers has been highlighted in particular. The aim of this article is to study foster children's experiences and expectations concerning the role of the child-welfare officer, and how these constitute prerequisites for, and possible obstacles to the officers developing close and trustful relationships with the children under prevailing institutional conditions. Data from our evaluation of a national pilot project with supervision representatives provide the empirical basis. Our theoretical point of departure is that the relationship between the child and the child-welfare officer is affected by the officer's rolea role that is negotiated under the prevailing institutional conditions and in interaction with the children's experiences of and expectations about that role. The results show that most children emphasize that the relationship with their officer is negatively affected by a lack of time, availability, and trust. It is also weakened by the children's general expectation that child-welfare officers only act in their official role, a role that is associated with a formal and distanced relationship.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017
Keywords
child welfare; foster care; interviewing children; professional ethics; issues
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56215 (URN)10.1111/cfs.12362 (DOI)000412739100009 ()2-s2.0-85014796076 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-03-09 Created: 2017-03-09 Last updated: 2018-04-10Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A., Nylander, P. Å. & Johnsen, B. (2017). From prison guards to… what?: Occupational development of prison officers in Sweden and Norway. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 18(1), 68-83
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From prison guards to… what?: Occupational development of prison officers in Sweden and Norway
2017 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 68-83Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prison officers are a key group of civil servants in the criminal justice system. Based on a comparative study of the systems for vocationaleducation in Sweden and Norway, this article compares policies andstrategies for developing the prison officer occupation. Differencesin this domain are analysed against the backdrop of theories aboutprofessionalization and growing differences between these countriesconcerning the ends and means of prison policy in general. Datacome from interviews and documents collected in 2013–2014, aswell as a rereading of data from two earlier prison-research projects.Results show that Norway is adopting a strategy quite similar to theone behind the birth of the so-called welfare professions duringthe heyday of the social-democratic welfare state. In Sweden, thecontinuing division of labour is leading to enhanced skills amongsome specialized subgroups, such as security and programme staff,but a reduction in qualifications for the majority. The study should beof interest in relation to different strategies for developing the workof prison officers as well as of other categories of public servants.It points to growing differences between two welfare regimes thatused to be quite similar, not least concerning the prison policy field.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Prison officers; prison policy;Nordic exceptionalism;professionalization;occupations occupational roles
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology; Criminology; Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53600 (URN)10.1080/14043858.2016.1260331 (DOI)2-s2.0-84996486735 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2018-07-28Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A., Thunman, E. & Ekström, M. (2017). Swedish social insurance officials struggling with the vagueness of the work ability concept: The case of sickness compensation. Örebro, Sweden: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish social insurance officials struggling with the vagueness of the work ability concept: The case of sickness compensation
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In a research project – Practices of Frontline Interactions in the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (SSIA) – we are studying how goals and rules are shaped and handled in conversations between officials and clients. A central aim is to develop knowledge about what kind of room these officials have to develop policy in practice and how they make use of it. This is done by a multi-level research approach combining analyses on an institutional and interactional level (Bruhn & Ekström 2017). Data are collected via mixed methods: recorded interactions (official–client), qualitative interviews, and documents. In this paper, except for some minor changes identical with a paper originally presented at the 2nd Conference on Street-level Bureaucracy in Copenhagen 2017, we discuss officials’ room for and use of discretion when assessing work ability in investigations about sickness compensation (previously called sickness pension). To get sickness compensation the individual’s work ability must be permanently reduced (i.e. he/she shall not be able to take part in  working life anymore). Work (dis-)ability is a diffuse and contested concept. It is a core concept not only for officials here in focus, but for several other organisational actors in the field of labour market and health insurance issues as well. Many actors with different missions and interests are recurrently involved in negotiations about how to interpret and take actions on the basis of this concept. The diffuseness of the concept often puts the investigating official – the Street Level Bureaucrat – in a position of having quite lot of room to assess and affect the outcome of the investigations at hand. Internal SSIA statistics also point to quite wide variations in outcome of investigations between different units in the organisation. At the same time there is also internal pressure on the investigators to “keep figures down”. The magnitude of such pressure is related to changes in pressure upon the authorities on the political level. This leads to fluctuations between different fiscal years. Last year (2016), 70% of the applications for this benefit were rejected. This is an increase from earlier years, and a hint of a growing restrictiveness in assessments of what is seen as permanently reduced work ability. In this paper, we discuss the work ability concept in relation to the room for assessment – the discretion – of these sickness compensation investigating officials. It is based on earlier research, official documents, qualitative interviews and speech recordings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro, Sweden: Örebro universitet, 2017. p. 28
Series
Working Papers and Reports Social work ; 11
Keywords
Frontline Bureaucrats, Professionalism, Work ability, Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Discretion
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63514 (URN)
Projects
Practices of Frontline Interactions in the Swedish Social Insurance Agency
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Note

Editors: Anders Bruhn and Åsa Källström

Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2017-12-21Bibliographically approved
Bruhn, A. & Ekström, M. (2017). Towards a Multi-level Approach on Frontline Interactions in the Public Sector: Institutional Transformations and the Dynamics of Real-time Interactions. Social Policy & Administration, 51(1), 195-215
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Multi-level Approach on Frontline Interactions in the Public Sector: Institutional Transformations and the Dynamics of Real-time Interactions
2017 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 195-215Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study develops a multi-level approach on frontline interactions in the public sector. Previous research suggests that detailed analyses of frontline interactions are essential to our understanding of how welfare services take shape when policies and rules are applied and negotiated in individual cases. The dynamics and performances of real-time interactions have, however, rarely been analyzed as such. This study shows how the methods developed in the field of Conversation Analysis can contribute to this research. Our multi-level approach integrates analyses of the policy- and institutional transformations that shape conditions for frontline interactions; and analyses of how policies and rules are evoked, negotiated and reshaped in the turn-by-turn organization and performances of interaction. The approach is applied on an analysis of how rules regarding financial aid are applied in an authority highly affected by changes in welfare policy towards standardization and detailed regulations. The empirical case is the Swedish Board for Study Support. The empirical study includes analyses of documents, interviews and analyses of taped telephone conversations. The study shows how institutional arrangements of standardization, detailed regulations, monitoring and depersonalization, structure the frontline work and shape narrow frames for officials’ discretion in interactions with clients. The study also shows how rules are invoked and negotiated in recurrent practices in the interaction: in the careful design of decisions; in the investigations of alternatives and exceptions from the rules in order to find solutions to the client’s problems. The analyses of concrete interactional practices clearly indicate that also a rule-governed work dominated by task discretion involves recurrent negotiations, flexibility and local policy-making.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2017
Keywords
Frontline interaction; Policy implementation; Rules; Discretion; Conversation analysis; Multi-level Approach
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46993 (URN)10.1111/spol.12193 (DOI)2-s2.0-85006789614 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Samtalspraktiker i service och myndighetsutövning
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-5683-179X

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