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"Det är ju inte förvaring": en jämförande studie om socialarbetares inställning till institutions- och familjehemsvård för barn och unga i Belgien och Sverige
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay was to examine and compare what attitudes Swedish and Belgian social workers may have towards residential care and foster care for children and young people. To answer the purpose eight qualitative interviews with four Swedish and four Belgian social workers were made. The results were analyzed by theory of organization and professional acting space. The results of the study show that the social workers in both countries preferred foster care, especially for small children, and that the Swedish social workers had a more negative attitude towards residential care than the Belgian social workers. Even though the Belgian social workers preferred foster care, they found themselves forced to choose residential care due to lack of available foster care facilities, something that did not seem to affect the Swedish social workers. Factors that affected the Swedish and the Belgian social workers professional acting space were the consent from parents, discussing with colleagues and specialization of interventions.

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2012. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
Residential care, foster care, comparative, Belgium, Sweden, social worker, professional acting space
Keyword [sv]
Institutionsvård, familjehemsvård, komparativ, Belgien, Sverige, socialarbetare, handlingsutrymme
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82087OAI: diva2:565574
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2012-11-07 Last updated: 2013-10-07Bibliographically approved

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