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Barn som far illa: pedagogers bemötande och agerande
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Maltreated children : How teacher react and act (English)
Abstract [en]

The National Board of Health and Welfare conducted a survey in which it was estimated that in 2010, about 140 000 notifications to the social services were made, in which children were in distress or at risk of suffering. Every child has the right to have their needs both respected and cared for and also to experience their own value; this is something that the Curriculum for the preschool Lpfö 98 (2010) clearly highlights. Preschool should take into account that children are living in different environments and educators should give the children support in developing their confidence and self- esteem.

The aim of the study was to describe how teachers describe how they detect and deal with child abuse, what obligations they have, and how educators experience the cooperation between preschool and social services.

The study was made by using a qualitative method, where interviews were made. The study highlighted the descriptions from four teachers. One of the things the results clearly revealed is that the teachers are well aware of their obligations to report any suspicion of when a child is sufferingbut sometimes they hesitate.  They are doing so because they want to feel more confident about the child's situation first. At this point they choose to document to get some more facts before a notification is given to the social services, which could mean that a notification is delayed or simply excluded. The educators expressed an awareness of signals that can occur with children that are suspected to be suffering. They could range from bruising on the child, the child often wearing the same clothes, bad hygienic or a proneness to either be introvert or lashing out. The Educators also say that the cooperation between the preschool and the social services works fine. However, they would wish to improve it by a simpler contact, but with a deeper interaction. With this they want to achieve a partnership that creates the best conditions to be even more able to support the children that are suffering or being suspected to be suffering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 44 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30706Local ID: LPPE:8OAI: diva2:679378
Subject / course
Teacher Education - Pedagogy
Educational program
Early Years Education Programme, 210 hp
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2013-12-15 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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