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Care assessments concerning involuntary removal of children from intellectually disabled parents
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, ISSN 0964-9069, E-ISSN 1469-9621, Vol. 36, no 3, 295-310 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study set out to analyse how parenting and the needs of the children are assessed by social authorities and courts in families where one or both parents have an intellectual disability (ID). The texts of child welfare investigations and court judgements in 16 cases of care orders concerning parents (30) with IDs and their children (29) in two counties in Sweden were analysed by a hermeneutic case study. The study shows that even though many of the children are described as already harmed by neglect, clear assessments of care needs are not presented and it is uncertain which of the children’s needs a placement in a family home is assumed to satisfy. The conclusion of the article is that, even though no direct discrimination can be established, the particular individual and structural difficulties of the families’ life circumstances are not taken into consideration. This can be seen as a discriminatory practice.

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2014. Vol. 36, no 3, 295-310 p.
Keyword [en]
The Care of Young Persons (Special Provisions) Act, care assessment, care order, intellectually disabled parents, prognosis, risk assessment
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Sociology
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Legal Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108321DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2014.933591OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108321DiVA: diva2:756920
Available from: 2014-10-20 Created: 2014-10-20 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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