”Det är inte bara socialtjänstlagen som styr vårt jobb”: En kvalitativ studie av åtta socialsekreterares upplevelser av handlingsfriheten i det dagliga arbetet
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"It is not only Social Services Act that govern our job" : A qualitative study of eight social workers’ experiences of discretion in their daily work (English)
The overall aim of this study is to investigate how social workers who are dealing with financial assistance are experiencing discretion in their daily work. The aim of the study is also to examine how social workers who are dealing with financial assistance relates to the controlling and the supporting functions of their daily work and how this in turn affects the attitude to the client. In order to examine the aim of the study, qualitative method was used. Eight social workers have been interviewed and presented with two fictitious cases that they have been able to discuss. Theories regarding the street-level bureaucrat and its discretion have been used to interpret and understand the collected material. Kerstin Svenssons’ (2001) theory regarding the social worker’s position has also been used to analyse the study’s gathered material. The study shows that social workers consider themselves to have a relatively large discretion in their daily work. However, the majority of the social workers agree that despite the great discretion they can at times feel limited in their work. Findings of the study also show that social workers are either more controlling or more supportive in meeting with the client.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 40 p.
social worker, street-level bureaucracy, discretion, financial assistance.
socialarbetare, gräsrotsbyråkrati, handlingsfrihet, ekonomiskt bistånd.
Other Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19799DiVA: diva2:532878
Subject / course
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Giertz, Anders, Universitetslektor
Jonsson, Cecilia, Universitetslektor