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Does BBIC Make a Difference? Structured Assessment of Child Protection and Support
FoU Nordost [RD Northeast], Danderyd, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8541-1754
FoU Nordost [RD Northeast], Danderyd, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 193-211Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Assessments of children in need in Sweden have been criticized for inadequate investigation and documentation and for not allowing children enough participation. In an effort to achieve greater systematization and to make assessments more ‘child-centred’, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has sanctioned the development of BBIC (Children’s Needs in Focus). BBIC is inspired by the ‘Framework for Assessment of Children in Need’ used in England and Wales. In a study of BBIC in seven municipalities, method triangulation was used. A quantitative file study, evaluating written assessments, was complemented by a survey study and interviews with practitioners who conduct assessments. The results show improved, though uneven, illumination of the child’s needs in assessments and some improvement concerning the parents’ capacity to meet the child’s needs. More relevant information was also collected concerning the child’s family situation and environment, and there were more contacts made with collaborative partners. The results show clear tendencies to greater focus on the child. Social workers found that BBIC leads to better assessments, though at the expense of increased administration.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 3, p. 193-211
Keywords [en]
children in need, child protection, assessment, assessment framework, child’s perspective
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177263OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177263DiVA, id: diva2:1380885
Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved

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