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    Andersson, Emma
    et al.
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Sjölin, Torbjörn
    Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    ”Nu tog jag hans barn, vad ska han göra med mina?”: En kvalitativ studie om hot och våld mot socialsekreterare inom Barn och familj.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Title: Now I took his child, what will he do with mine?”

    A qualitative study on threat and violence aimed at social workers within child protective service.

    Authors:  Emma Andersson and Torbjörn Sjölin.

    Supervisor:  Peter Hultgren.

    Assessor: Barzoo Eliassi.

    Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine how social workers within child protective service understand and experience threat and violence aimed at them in their profession and how these understandings and experiences affects their well-being. The study will provide an understanding of the subject at hand and can also lead way for new research areas of how to improve the well-being of social workers within this field.

     

    Method: A qualitative approach based on semistructured interviews has been used as method in this study. To collect empirical material seven currently working social workers from three different municipalities in the same region were interviewed.

    Theory: The theoretical points of this thesis has been Berger and Luckmanns theories about social construction, theory of social cognition and a model produced in the writing of how interaction between experience and understanding affects the well-being. The different theories and approaches has been a valuable tool to analyze the empirical material gathered in the study.

    Results: The result of this study is divided in different themes based on the purpose of the study. Our results indicate that social worker within child protective service consider

    threat and violence as occurring within their profession and that this perception has a negative impact on their well-being. Even though social workers consider threat and violence as not acceptable at work and perceive threat as a part of their job they continue to fulfill their obligations at work. The main explanation, found in this study, is that they consider the well-being of children as higher valued than their own.

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