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Prognoser i tvångsvårdsärenden om omsorgssvikt
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 20, no 3-4, 186-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study set out to analyze how background-context, prognoses and evidence-based facts are referred to in child welfare investigations and judgments concerning coercive care of neglected children. The texts of social investigations and court judgments in 16 cases concerning parents (30) and their children (29) in two counties in Sweden were analyzed by a hermeneutic case study. All cases concerns section 2 in The Care of Young Persons (Special Provisions) Act (1990:52), which states that coercive care shall be decided if, due to neglect or some other situations, there is a “palpable risk of detriment” to the child’s health or development. Theoretical framework of sociology of law and of normative legalism were used. The study shows that background-context, prognoses and evidence-based facts seldom are connected in the texts. Background-contexts quantitively dominates, while prognoses are vestigial and rarely enunciates as emanating from evidence-based facts. Instead of describing risk-assessments a plurality of the descriptions in the texts pictures the children as already harmed by neglect. The conclusion of the study is that the sociological conceptions of “a palpable risk” differ a great deal from the legal-theoretical interpretation of the concept.

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Lund: Förbundet för forskning i socialt arbete (FORSA) , 2013. Vol. 20, no 3-4, 186-202 p.
Keyword [en]
The Care of Young Persons (Special Provisions) Act, care need, necessary care, palpable risk of detriment, prognosis, risk evaluation, risk assessment
Keyword [sv]
LVU, tvångsomhändertagande, prognoser, vårdbehov
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Legal Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108320OAI: diva2:756916
Available from: 2014-10-20 Created: 2014-10-20 Last updated: 2014-10-21Bibliographically approved

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