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Searching for the right track: managing care trajectories in child welfare
Linnéuniversitetet, Fakulteten för samhällsvetenskap (FSV), Institutionen för socialt arbete (SA).ORCID-id: 0000-0002-4530-8215
Linnéuniversitetet, Fakulteten för samhällsvetenskap (FSV), Institutionen för socialt arbete (SA).ORCID-id: 0000-0002-2655-2132
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 22, nr 1, s. 398-408Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines caseworkers' efforts to plan and find appropriate interventions for troublesome young people. Strauss's concept oftrajectory is applied to analyse how Swedish caseworkers shape and manage the evolving care trajectories using assessments for young people in secure accommodation, i.e. institutional youth assessments. The empirical material consists of surveys to 82 caseworkers concerning 85 institutional youth assessments and interviews with 16 of these caseworkers. The findings reveal ongoing care trajectories that are out of control where the assessments are seen as an opportunity of change for the youths. Diagnoses, confirmations and plans for action are provided through the assessments and used by the caseworkers in negotiations for resources. Three orientations of contributions to the caseworkers' management of care trajectories were found, all reflecting the many uncertainties of child welfare work:child centredprofessional and discharge of liability. In conclusion, the caseworkers searched for the right measures to manage change and achieve youth compliance, but it was also a matter of managing professional and organizational contingencies and passing on responsibility.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Vol. 22, nr 1, s. 398-408
Emneord [en]
care trajectory, child welfare, institutional assessment, secure accommodation
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
Samhällsvetenskap, Socialt arbete
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47063DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12255ISI: 000394902700039Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84940488839OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-47063DiVA, id: diva2:867680
Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-11-06 Laget: 2015-11-06 Sist oppdatert: 2019-08-29bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Transit i samhällsvården: När unga utreds på särskilda ungdomshem
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Transit i samhällsvården: När unga utreds på särskilda ungdomshem
2015 (svensk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
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Transit in out-of-home care : Assessments of young people in secure accommodations
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about assessments of young people in secure accommodations. Institutional assessments relate to the paradox in child welfare of combining control and care. The procedure raises questions about their implications for young people, their caseworkers and evolving care trajectories. Although institutional assessments of young people have a historical heritage, research about their implications is lacking. The aim of the thesis is to explore young people’s and their caseworkers’ experiences of assessments in secure accommodations and their implications for young people’s care trajectories. Methods used are primarily repeated interviews with 16 young people during a period of two years and one interview with their caseworkers. Surveys about 85 youths, participatory observations and written assessments are also included. This thesis takes an interactionist approach and the material has been analysed with the main concept of care trajectory along with the concepts of self-presentation, total institution, institutional identity and texts as coordinators.

The results are presented in four papers. The concluding analysis shows that assessments in secure accommodations can be divided into three elements: the practice, the text and the placement. These three elements have different implications for the young people and the caseworkers. For the young people the practice and the placement converge into an assessment universe that, with the text, intensifies their shaping of self-identity. The young people’s experiences are characterised by lack of control over their self-presentations, the present and the future. For the caseworkers, the practice has implications for their understanding of the young people’s individual troubles, the text for negotiating with other actors and the placement in their efforts to achieve change in the young people’s troublesome situations. The assessments’ implications for stability and foreseeability in the young people’s further care trajectories are limited. Moreover, the procedure of assessing young people in itself contains instability through involving several professionals in different parts of the assessment and decision-making process. Despite lack of stability, the thesis reveals that some young people experience the assessment as a place for self-development and where the course of the care trajectory changes to the better.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015. s. 128
Serie
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 233/2015
Emneord
young people, assessments, child welfare, secure accommodations, institutional care, care trajectory, total institution, institutional identity, social work
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
Samhällsvetenskap, Socialt arbete
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47346 (URN)978-91-87925-84-9 (ISBN)
Disputas
2015-12-11, Myrdal, Hus K, 351 95 Växjö, 10:15 (svensk)
Opponent
Veileder
Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-11-25 Laget: 2015-11-20 Sist oppdatert: 2016-03-18bibliografisk kontrollert

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