People Processing in Swedish Personal Social Services: On the Individuals, Their Predicaments and the Outcomes of Organisational Screening
2016 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
By utilising data on nearly 1 200 individuals subject to investigations in the three Swedish personal social services (PSS) domains – child welfare (CW), social assistance (SA) and substance abuse treatment (SAT) – this article aims at describing and analysing the individuals processed in PSS as well as the outcome of the filtering process. Specific attention is paid to the extent the PSS domains differ in these respects. The main findings are: (i) a large proportion of clients subject to investigation are men, singles (most common without children in SA and SAT) and a born outside of Sweden (CW and SA). In terms of overall predicaments, SAT raw material seem more exposed than that of SA whereas there are fairly low concentration of abuse and neglect in CW; (ii) recidivism rates are high in all PSS domains: about half of the sample are already known by the agencies; (iii) out-screening are similar in SA and SAT (about 25%) but substantially higher in CW (about 50%). The investigative process is associated with considerably low external and in particular internal referring, indicating an apparent silo mentality between the PSS domains.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 1-14 p.
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124702DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2015.1134630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124702DiVA: diva2:890655
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-0790