Child welfare activities targeting single mothers on social assistance: a study of child welfare interventions and case managers’ referrals in a Swedish sample
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 45, no 4, 1224-1241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
By utilising data on nearly 900 single mothers on social assistance (SA) in Sweden, this article examine (i) prevalence of child welfare interventions and factors associated with such interventions in this population and (ii) case managers’ reporting activities and considerations in relation to this group. The main findings in relation to (i) are (a) that about 30 per cent of the sample was subject toCWSinvolvement during the time of enrolment in the SA agency and (b) factors associated with increased odds ratios of CWS involvement were presence of maternal psycho-social and mental conditions, large family size (more than one child) and persistent maternal SA dependency (over three years). Factors associated with decreased odds ratios were maternal somatic condition and mothers being of non-native origin. The main findings in relation to (ii) are (a) that social work case managers filedCWSreports in 5 per cent of the households (significantlymorecommonin nonnative households) and considered filing a report in an additional 3.4 per cent (more common in native households) and (b) CWS involvement was initiated through SA case managers’ referrals in an estimated 15 per cent of the cases. The findings are discussed in terms of possible clientification processes in the population studied.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 45, no 4, 1224-1241 p.
Child protection, child welfare, referrals, reports, single mothers, social assistance
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98765DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bct193ISI: 000356724400010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98765DiVA: diva2:685382