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Evertsson, L., Blom, B., Perlinski, M. & Rexvid, D. (2017). Can complexity in welfare professionals' work be handled with standardised professional knowledge?. In: Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski (Ed.), Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices (pp. 209-221). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Can complexity in welfare professionals' work be handled with standardised professional knowledge?
2017 (English)In: Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices / [ed] Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017, p. 209-221Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017
Keywords
social caring professions
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130696 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Blom, B., Evertsson, L. & Perlinski, M. (2017). European social and caring professions in transition. In: Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski (Ed.), Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practicies (pp. 1-17). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>European social and caring professions in transition
2017 (English)In: Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practicies / [ed] Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017, p. 1-17Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017
Keywords
social caring professions
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130695 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Blom, B. (2017). [Förord till] Annemette Matthiessen, Birgitte Zeeberg & Maja Haack: Specialisering – et tveægget sværd? En undersøgelse af organisering i børne- og ungeafdelninger set fra en sagsbehandler- og en familiesynsvinkel.. Köpenhanm: Professionshøjskolen Metropol
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[Förord till] Annemette Matthiessen, Birgitte Zeeberg & Maja Haack: Specialisering – et tveægget sværd? En undersøgelse af organisering i børne- og ungeafdelninger set fra en sagsbehandler- og en familiesynsvinkel.
2017 (Danish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [da]

Hvordan skal arbejdet med socialt udsatte mennesker organiseres? Det er et spørgsmål som har været aktuelt i den vestlige verden siden slutningen af 1800-tallet, da fattigvæsen og finantropi overgik til at blive det vi nu kalder socialt arbejde. Idag arbejder socialarbejdere i de nordiske lande næsten udelukkende i organisationer, først og fremmest i kommuner, regioner eller staten. I denne rapport, som handler om socialforvaltningens arbejde med børn og unge i Danmark, bliver det tydeligt, at spørgsmålet om, hvordan det socialt arbejde skal organiseres endnu ikke er besvaret, selv om problematikken har eksisteret i mere end 100 år.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Köpenhanm: Professionshøjskolen Metropol, 2017. p. 2
Keywords
Organisation Specialisering Socialt arbete
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145245 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-26 Created: 2018-02-26 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Perlinski, M., Morén, S. & Björn, B. (2017). Pojmowanie skandynawskiej organizacji pracy społecznej w sektorze publicznym. Praca Socjalna, 4(32), 11-34
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pojmowanie skandynawskiej organizacji pracy społecznej w sektorze publicznym
2017 (Polish)In: Praca Socjalna, ISSN 0860-3480, Vol. 4, no 32, p. 11-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses conditions of professional social work in public organizations, especially from the perspective of the Nordic countries. We propose that public arenas for social work consist of three domains with different functions and logics, yet interconnected and interdependent. These domains are the domain of politics, the domain of management and administration, and the domain of professional practice. The individual local organizations – made up of these domains with their respective logics – are in turn conditioned by a fourth domain, the domain of institutional conditions. This latter domain contains ideals of control, norms, and views of knowledge and technologies that exist in society, that are legitimized and disseminated by central institutions, and that govern important aspects of how the individual local organizations work. The purpose of this work is to contribute to the development of a domain theory for the organization of social work in the public sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Akademii Pedagogiki Specjalnej, 2017
Keywords
public sector, organizations, professional practice, social workers, politics, administration, domain theory, sektor publiczny, organizacje, praktyka profesjonalna, pracownicy socjalni, polityka, administracja, teoria dziedzin
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147542 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-07 Created: 2018-05-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Blom, B., Evertsson, L. & Perlinski, M. (Eds.). (2017). Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices (1ed.). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This collection provides new insights about current welfare professions in a number of European countries.

Focusing on research representing different types of European welfare states, including the Scandinavian and the Continental, the book offers in-depth understandings of professionals' everyday work within different contextual conditions, explored from empirical and theoretical perspectives. Subjects covered include knowledge and identity, education and professional development, regulation, accountability, collaboration, assessment and decision making.

This is a valuable contribution to the discussion of professionalism and welfare professions, offering lessons learned and ways forward.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017. p. 272 Edition: 1
Keywords
Professions, Professioner
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130693 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Perlinski, M., Blom, B. & Evertsson, L. (2017). Social and caring professions in European welfare states: trends and challenges. In: Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski (Ed.), Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices (pp. 253-265). Bristol: Policy Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social and caring professions in European welfare states: trends and challenges
2017 (English)In: Social and caring professions in European welfare states: policies, services and professional practices / [ed] Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson and Marek Perlinski, Bristol: Policy Press, 2017, p. 253-265Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol: Policy Press, 2017
Keywords
social caring professions
National Category
Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130697 (URN)978-1-4473-2719-6 (ISBN)978-1-4473-3651-8 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2017-01-27 Created: 2017-01-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Grell, P., Ahmadi, N. & Blom, B. (2017). The balancing act: clients with complex needs describe their handling of specialised personal social services in Sweden. British Journal of Social Work, 47(3), 611-629
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The balancing act: clients with complex needs describe their handling of specialised personal social services in Sweden
2017 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 47, no 3, p. 611-629Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dealing with specialised social service organisations can be a challenge for clients with complex needs. These organisations may appear confusing and hard to navigate, and there is also a risk of service fragmentation, as such clients often participate simultaneously in an array of interventions. An additional complication to be handled is that these parallel interventions can range from voluntary to more or less involuntary. The aim of the present article is to describe and analyse how clients with complex needs account for their handling of service conditions within specialised personal social services (PSS), using data from a qualitative interview study with PSS clients in Sweden. A conceptual model is presented, covering four ideal typical client approaches to these specialised services: consensus, resignation, fight and escape. One key finding is that the clients combined these approaches in a balancing act intended to promote their own best interests in their parallel contacts with different parts of the specialised PSS organisation. The article concludes that future improvements in social services could be made by paying more attention to the structural arrangements that surround encounters between clients and the social services, as well as clients’ valuable first-hand knowledge of social service organisations.

Keywords
Personal social services, organisational structure, specialization, client perspective
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120184 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcw042 (DOI)000404553500002 ()
Available from: 2016-05-10 Created: 2016-05-10 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
Blom, B. & Fu, L. (2016). A Comparative Analysis of Social Services Organizations in Sweden and China. Lessons for Social Work and Social Development Practice. In: SWSD 2016: Program book. Paper presented at Joint world conference on social for, education and social development, June 27-30, 2016, COEX, Seouls, Korea. Seoul
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Comparative Analysis of Social Services Organizations in Sweden and China. Lessons for Social Work and Social Development Practice
2016 (English)In: SWSD 2016: Program book, Seoul, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The presentation covers a comparative analysis of social services organizations in Sweden and China, which includes lessons for social work and social development practice.

The presentation describes how social services organizations in Sweden and China have developed since the 1970s, as well as their current state. This is followed by an analysis of these country's social services organizations, which focus on main advantages and disadvantages, for social workers and service users/clients. In conclusion, we present lessons for social work as well as the social development practice. The presentation is based on our own empirical research and a review of previous research in this area.

Sweden is one of the world’s most developed welfare states and has had publicly organized social services, on a municipal level, since the 1950s. China has not had well-developed and modern systems of social welfare and social service. Moreover, the traditional social welfare system in China, formed during the planned economy era (1953-1978), is not adequate for the modern China. However, China is currently developing a welfare system with publicly organized social services. The Chinese transformation project is partly inspired from other countries, including Sweden.

The presentation includes a discussion of two common assumptions: 1) that social services organizations in western welfare states have been developed optimally, and that non-welfare states only need to copy them to obtain well-functioning social services, and 2) that welfare states like Sweden have little to learn from countries like China, concerning social services organizations. We argue that these assumptions are incorrect, e.g. by showing that social services organizations are not universally appropriate, and that such organizations cannot be detached from the culture and mentality in a country. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Seoul: , 2016
Keywords
Social Services Organizations Sweden China Comparative Analysis
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-123518 (URN)
Conference
Joint world conference on social for, education and social development, June 27-30, 2016, COEX, Seouls, Korea
Available from: 2016-07-04 Created: 2016-07-04 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Blom, B. (2016). [Förord och fackgranskning till:] Priscilla Dunk-West. Att bli socialarbetare (1ed.). In: Att bli socialarbetare: En reflekterande vägledning för studenter (pp. 9-11). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>[Förord och fackgranskning till:] Priscilla Dunk-West. Att bli socialarbetare
2016 (Swedish)In: Att bli socialarbetare: En reflekterande vägledning för studenter, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016, 1, p. 9-11Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Både under och efter studierna i socialt arbete kan det vara svårt att ta ett steg tillbaka och reflektera över vad det innebär att ­vara socialarbetare. Med det som utgångspunkt diskuterar Att bli social­arbetare kunskapsbasen i socialt arbete – från mänsklig ­utveckling till det sociala arbetets praktik – och undersöker hur dina egna värderingar, principer och erfarenheter tillsammans ­formar din identitet och praktik som socialarbetare.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016 Edition: 1
Keywords
Socialt arbete Socialarbetare
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121894 (URN)9789144097220 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2018-06-07
Grell, P., Ahmadi, N. & Blom, B. (2016). ‘Sometimes it’s really complicated!’: clients with complex needs on their encounters with specialised personal social service organisations in Sweden. Nordic Social Work Research, 6(3), 188-200
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Sometimes it’s really complicated!’: clients with complex needs on their encounters with specialised personal social service organisations in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 188-200Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research in the field of human services has paid limited attention to the consequences of the international development toward organisational specialisation; the consequences for clients have been overlooked in particular. The aim of the article is to describe and analyse the consequences of organizationally specialised personal social services (PSS) in Sweden for clients with complex needs. Findings from a survey and an interview study addressing PSS clients show that clients primarily perceived their encounters with the specialised PSS negatively, and that they experienced several elements of service fragmentation. Implications of the findings are discussed in light of previous research and theory in the area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
Keywords
Personal social services, client perspective, specialisation, service fragmentation, service integration
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118351 (URN)10.1080/2156857X.2016.1156017 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved
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