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Lindgren, L. & Nygren, L. (2019). Från kyrkbacken till IVO: äldreomsorgens organisering och granskning i ett historiskt perspektiv. In: Anders Hanberger & Lena Lindgren (Ed.), Perspektiv på granskning inom offentlig sektor: med äldreomsorgen som exempel (pp. 25-38). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från kyrkbacken till IVO: äldreomsorgens organisering och granskning i ett historiskt perspektiv
2019 (Swedish)In: Perspektiv på granskning inom offentlig sektor: med äldreomsorgen som exempel / [ed] Anders Hanberger & Lena Lindgren, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019, p. 25-38Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153902 (URN)9789151100654 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-06 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Hanberger, A., Lindgren, L. & Nygren, L. (2019). Hur kan granskning av äldreomsorg studeras? (1ed.). In: Anders Hanberger och Lena Lindgren (Ed.), Perspektiv på granskning inom  offentlig sektor: med äldreomsorgen som exempel (pp. 39-54). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur kan granskning av äldreomsorg studeras?
2019 (Swedish)In: Perspektiv på granskning inom  offentlig sektor: med äldreomsorgen som exempel / [ed] Anders Hanberger och Lena Lindgren, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019, 1, p. 39-54Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Work Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153912 (URN)9789151100654 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0379
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Oltedal, S. & Nygren, L. (2019). Private and public families: Social workers’ views on children’s and parents’ position in Chile, England, Lithuania and Norway. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 14(1), 115-140
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Private and public families: Social workers’ views on children’s and parents’ position in Chile, England, Lithuania and Norway
2019 (English)In: Journal of Comparative Social Work, ISSN 0809-9936, E-ISSN 0809-9936, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 115-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social workers around the world work with families and family complexities in their everyday practice. In this cross-national study, we explore social workers’ family intervention practices related to family definitions and functions, and how social workers balance children’s and parents’ rights and social policies in the proper context. Data derives from focus group interviews with child welfare workers from Norway, Lithuania, Chile and England based on discussions of a common fictitious complex family case (vignette). The four countries chosen for this comparative study are examples of four different welfare systems/regimes. The findings related to this broad area of caring topics are related to how the dimensions of a ‘private’ and a ‘public’ family manifest in social work in the four countries. Social workers in Chile and Lithuania refer to the idea of the private family, while their Norwegian counterparts lean more to the public family. English social workers combine public and private family conceptions in their focus groups, reflecting a system that is partly de-familialized.

Abstract [es]

Familias públicas y privadas. La visión de los trabajadores sociales sobre la posición de hijos y padres en Chile, Inglaterra, Lituania y Noruega.Los trabajadores sociales en todo el mundo lidian con familias y sus complejidades en su práctica cotidiana. En este estudio de comparación internacional exploramos las prácticas de intervención en familias de trabajadores sociales en relación con sus definiciones y funciones, así como los modos en que los trabajadores sociales equilibran los derechos de padres e hijos y las políticas sociales en el contexto apropiado. Los datos provienen de entrevistas grupales con trabajadores sociales de servicios de bienestar infantil en Noruega, Lituania, Chile e Inglaterra, basadas en la discusión acerca de un caso común ficticio de familia compleja (viñeta).  Los cuatro países seleccionados para este estudio comparativo ejemplifican cuatro regímenes o sistemas de bienestar. Los resultados relativos a esta amplia área del tema del cuidado tienen que ver con cómo las dimensiones de “familia privada” y “familia pública” se manifiestan en el trabajo social de estos cuatro países. Los trabajadores sociales de Chile y Lituania hacen referencia a la idea de la familia privada, mientras sus colegas noruegos se inclinan más hacia la familia pública. Los trabajadores sociales ingleses apuntan hacia una combinación de las concepciones de familia pública y privada en sus grupos focales, reflejando un sistema que es parcialmente de-familiarizado.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universitetet i Stavanger, 2019
Keywords
private family, public family, children’s position, parent’s position, family policy regimes, child welfare workers’ discretion, familia privada, familia pública, posición de los hijos, posición de los padres, regímenes de políticas familiares, discrecionalidad de los trabajadores sociales de bienestar infantil
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158872 (URN)10.31265/jcsw.v14i1.235 (DOI)
Projects
FACSK
Available from: 2019-05-13 Created: 2019-05-13 Last updated: 2019-05-17Bibliographically approved
Andersson, K., Hanberger, A. & Nygren, L. (2019). Statlig tillsyn. In: Anders Hanberger & Lena Lindgren (Ed.), Perspektiv på granskning inom offentlig sektor: med äldreomsorgen som exempel (pp. 55-70). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Statlig tillsyn
2019 (Swedish)In: Perspektiv på granskning inom offentlig sektor: med äldreomsorgen som exempel / [ed] Anders Hanberger & Lena Lindgren, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019, p. 55-70Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2019
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
statskunskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153909 (URN)9789151100654 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Hanberger, A., Nygren, L. & Andersson, K. (2018). Can state supervision improve eldercare?: An analysis of the soundness of the Swedish supervision model. British Journal of Social Work, 48(2), 371-389
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Can state supervision improve eldercare?: An analysis of the soundness of the Swedish supervision model
2018 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 371-389Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the assumptions regarding how Swedish state supervision (SSV) ofeldercare is to achieve its intended effects. It explores how SSV is intended to work toensure and improve eldercare quality, and theoretically and empirically assesses the validityof its guiding assumptions with programme theory methodology. The theoreticalassessment suggests that most intended effects are partly achieved, though the qualityenhancingassumption finds little support in caring research. The assumption that thesupervised parties will improve their compliance with laws and regulations has some validity,but this compliance is temporary and confined to the aspects of eldercare beingsupervised. Twenty-four interviews with the chairs of Social Welfare Committees andcare unit managers provide empirical support for all but two intended effects. SSV hasnot increased ‘awareness of national regulative demands in eldercare’ or contributed to‘general quality improvement in eldercare’. Four unintended effects of SSV were also recognisedin the interviews—for example, unsupervised caring activities were less prioritised.The authors conclude that, although SSV does little to improve eldercare quality, itis needed for transparency and accountability as well as to hold local governments andpublic and private service providers to account for compliance with national statutes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018
Keywords
State supervision, Sweden, eldercare quality, intended effects, unintended effects
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135472 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcx032 (DOI)000428440800007 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0379
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29 Last updated: 2018-08-07Bibliographically approved
Andersson, K., Hanberger, A. & Nygren, L. (2018). Governance, Accountability, and Organizational Development: Eldercare Unit Managers' and Local Politicians' Experiences of and Responses to State Supervision of Swedish Eldercare. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 30(5), 419-439
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Governance, Accountability, and Organizational Development: Eldercare Unit Managers' and Local Politicians' Experiences of and Responses to State Supervision of Swedish Eldercare
2018 (English)In: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, ISSN 0895-9420, E-ISSN 1545-0821, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 419-439Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how local politicians and care unit managers in Swedish eldercare experience and respond to state supervision. Twelve politicians and 12 managers in 15 previously inspected municipalities were interviewed about their experiences of and reactions to state supervision (SSV) in relation to their views of care quality and routines in eldercare practice. The findings indicate that local managers and political chairs perceived SSV in eldercare positively at a superficial level, but were critical of and disappointed with specific aspects of it: in terms of a) governance—chairs and managers said SSV strengthened implementation of national policies via local actors, but were critical of SSV’s narrow focus on control and flaws in eldercare practice; b) accountability—SSV was seen as limited to accountability for finances and systemic performance; and c) organizational development—SSV was seen as limited to improving routines and compliance with legislation, while local definitions of quality are broader than that. In general, local actors regarded SSV as improving administrative aspects and routines in practice but ignoring the relational content of eldercare quality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
State supervision, Sweden, eldercare governance, care quality, accountability
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145910 (URN)10.1080/08959420.2018.1444890 (DOI)000443888600001 ()29469674 (PubMedID)
Projects
Granskningars konsekvenser för äldreomsorgens praktik
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-0379
Available from: 2018-03-21 Created: 2018-03-21 Last updated: 2018-10-25Bibliographically approved
Nygren, L., White, S. & Ellingsen, I. T. (2018). Investigating welfare regime typologies: Paradoxes, pitfalls and potentialities in comparative social work research. Social Policy and Society, 17(4), 665-677
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Investigating welfare regime typologies: Paradoxes, pitfalls and potentialities in comparative social work research
2018 (English)In: Social Policy and Society, ISSN 1474-7464, E-ISSN 1475-3073, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 665-677Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article reviews the relevance and methodological utility of welfare regime typologies for the study of professional sense-making in social work with families. Focus groups were carried out with social workers in European and Latin American countries representing four different policy regimes. A case vignette was used to elicit social workers’ descriptions of how welfare policy may influence how they understand their work task and the notion of family. The research team identified methodological challenges of general relevance in similar policy-practice studies. There were paradoxes in terms of homogeneity on the regime level vs. heterogeneity within and between national services. Pitfalls appeared in the selection of regime-typical cases, language/cultural barriers, and in deciding organisational level. The article shows that welfare typologies have potentialities in that they may provide a helpful analytical basis for theoretical and practical reasoning in which syntheses between policy and practice can be explored, discussed and challenged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2018
Keywords
welfare regimes, family policy, social work, comparative methodology, vignette study
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151323 (URN)10.1017/S1474746418000167 (DOI)000443420300011 ()
Projects
FACSK
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Fylkesnes, M. K., Iversen, A. C. & Nygren, L. (2018). Negotiating deficiency: exploring ethnic minority parents' narratives about encountering child welfare services in Norway. Child & Family Social Work, 23(2), 196-203
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating deficiency: exploring ethnic minority parents' narratives about encountering child welfare services in Norway
2018 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 196-203Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Evaluating the participatory opportunities for service users within social welfare institutions is a pressing issue. In this article, we explore a group of ethnic minority parents' experiences with child welfare services (CWS) in Norway. A strong narrative theme was deficiency positioning—how lacking a Norwegian normative set of knowledge and skills challenged the parents' opportunities to participate. We analysed how deficiency positioning was perceived, negotiated, and contested in the parents' accounts, and 4 themes emerged: (a) learning to parent, (b) contesting expert knowledge, (c) learning to be a client, and (d) constructing CWS deficiency. Nancy Fraser's concept of “participatory parity” was applied to explore how current institutional structures may enable and limit parents' participation. The analysis provides insight into agencies and informants' sense-making processes as well as the diverse resources and strategies that parents draw upon in the CWS encounter. Furthermore, we argue that an interplay between a strong focus on “parenting skills” and bureaucratic and economic structures positions ethnic minority parents as deficient, thus providing powerful mechanisms for marginalization. Implications for case work and institutional levels are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018
Keywords
child welfare, ethnic minorities, parenting, participation, refugees
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140151 (URN)10.1111/cfs.12400 (DOI)000430665900008 ()2-s2.0-85030640134 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-10-02 Created: 2017-10-02 Last updated: 2018-09-21Bibliographically approved
Lindholm, L., Ivarsson, A., Löfgren, C., Meili, K., Nygren, L., Pulkki-Brännström, A.-M. & Sahlen, K.-G. (2018). Nytt sätt att mäta livskvalitet öppnar för effektivare insatser. Dagens samhälle (31), pp. 26-26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nytt sätt att mäta livskvalitet öppnar för effektivare insatser
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2018 (Swedish)In: Dagens samhälle, ISSN 1652-6511, no 31, p. 26-26Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Keywords
perspektiv, välfärd, kvalitet, forskning
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154101 (URN)
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Available from: 2018-12-14 Created: 2018-12-14 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved
Gümüscü, A., Nygren, L. & Khoo, E. (2018). Social work and the management of complexity in Swedish child welfare services. Nordic Social Work Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social work and the management of complexity in Swedish child welfare services
2018 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper elucidates how Swedish child welfare social workers manage complexity co-occuring in the families with which they work and the organisational contexts of practice. Focus groups were held with social workers in three municipalities in Sweden who described work processes generally and in response to a fictitious vignette. The vignette was constructed as a complex family situation to explore how social workers approach complexity when faced with a family with complex needs. Findings showed that social workers are challenged in their everyday work where they are aware of the many needs in a family. They focus on immediate conditions for children while recognising that some problems are less amenable to being solved. However they try to manage complexities related to families as well as the structural conditions of work by sorting, prioritising and oscillating between a child focus and a family service orientation. This paper serves as a necessary reminder of the complexity of social work in the broader area of child welfare and raises further questions about the use of comparative typologies to explain social work practices.

Keywords
complex needs, family, social services, Sweden, vignettes
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153055 (URN)10.1080/2156857X.2018.1542336 (DOI)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0198
Available from: 2018-11-05 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2019-04-05
Projects
Social work with families with complex needs - on family orientation in Swedish social services [2010-00198_Forte]; Umeå UniversityTHE MPRESS STUDY: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROGRAM ON MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH, BRAIN FUNCTIONING, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, AND PARENTING IN MODERATELY PRETERM BORN CHILDREN AT 10-12 YRS OF AGE [2012-47_Formas]; Umeå UniversityResearch communication aimed at nursing and caring staff in the field of elderly and disability care and their managers [KOM18-1359:1_RJ]; Umeå University
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