Child Welfare or Child Protection: Uncovering Swedish and Canadian orientations to social intervention in child maltreatment
2002 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 1, no 4, 451-471 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article details our findings from focus groups with social workers in Sweden and Canada illuminating similarities and differences in the process of social intervention in child mal-treatment. We identified six categories that form the bases for hypothesizing different orientations of child welfare and child protection: Gate Keeping; Skills in Context; Client Identity; Decision Points; Compulsion; and Measures. We analysed participants’ descriptions and uncovered how these descriptions of social intervention in child maltreatment connect to model orientations in both countries. In Swedish child welfare, there is a greater readiness to intervene with more resources and measures, intervention is assessment driven and focuses on family preservation. In Canadian child protection, only the most needy children are eligible for a limited range of services, intervention is structure driven and more narrowly focused on protection and permanency planning. The implications of these findings to social work are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2002. Vol. 1, no 4, 451-471 p.
abuse, child, protection, cross-national, Sweden, Canada, child maltreatment, social intervention, social service, child welfare
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86114DOI: 10.1177/14733250260620865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-86114DiVA: diva2:697369