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Assessment processes in social work with children at risk in Sweden and Croatia
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences. (ICU I See You)
Department of Social Work, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 16, no 3, 231-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to compare Swedish (SSWs) and Croatian (CSWs) social workers’ assessments and protection of a 4-year old child exposed to risk in its own family. Data were collected by means of a vignette. The participants answered open-ended questions and rating scales. Results suggest that SSWs have a more supportive and child welfare approach than CSWs and CSWs have a more child-protective focus in their assessment than SSWs. In a situation with visible consequences of abuse on the child’s body, there is a great lack of agreement among the social workers’ reactions within and between the countries. Most of the social workers considered appropriate removing the child from the home voluntarily or compulsory.  Despite fundamental similarities in assessments between the countries, a significant difference in preferred interventions was found. SSWs were less in favour of removing a child from its home by a care order than CSWs.

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2007. Vol. 16, no 3, 231-241 p.
Keyword [en]
Social work, child abuse, child welfare, child protection, vignette, transitional country, comparative study, risk assessment
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Work Psychology
Research subject
Social Work; Psychology; Child and Youth Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-7133DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2006.00456.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-7133DiVA: diva2:221451
Available from: 2009-06-04 Created: 2009-06-04 Last updated: 2010-10-28Bibliographically approved

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