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Conditioned agency? The role of children in the audit of Swedish residential care
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

At a policy level, governments increasingly stress the importance of children's rights and their ability to participate in decision-making in child welfare services. An example of this is that the Swedish inspectorate targeting children in residential care is required to consult children and to take account of their opinions. This paper details a study exploring the influence that the inspectorate grants children and particularly how children's views influence the inspection process. The study draws on interviews and observations of inspectors as well as an analysis of a representative sample (n = 147) of documentation from inspections performed during 2012. The result indicates different inspectorial rationales, which in turn influence the importance children's opinions are assigned in the inspection process. Moreover, the findings demonstrate difficulties in giving children's views substantial impact on the inspection process. This can be attributed to the fact that most of the regulatory quality criteria used by the authority diverge from the aspects of care that children attach most importance to. The study adds empirical findings to how the participation of children is realized during inspection.

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audit society, children’s participation, inspection, residential care, sociology of childhood
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124389DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12234OAI: diva2:885788
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2016-09-12

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