This thesis aim was to investigate how social workers reflect around their
communication with children who live with parents or guardians who have addiction
problems. How the social workers manage to enable the child’s legally right to be heard
in a decision-making process. What methods the social workers are using and what that
is perceived as limitations and capabilities in the communication with children who live
with parents with addiction problems. The method used in the study is qualitative with
interviews. There were five interviews conducted with social workers within the same
municipality. Theories for analysing were Family System theory and Attachment
theory. Primarily the study has called for a deeper understanding of how complex social
work and authority assessing is when related to children. This study reveals how
difficult it is for social workers to enable for children to be heard about their situation
without their parent’s permission and approval to communicate with the social worker.
Importance was also emphasised and expressed on building and maintaining a trusting
relationship with the child and stakeholders involved. In the municipality where the
study took place they all stated that they are working according Swedish legislation and
got training in and used the method Signs of Safety, which enables to get an image over
the children's situation. Other methods for communicating with children were used
different by different social worker due to different trainings, abilities and depending on
the needs from the individual child.
2014. , 43 p.
Communication, Interviews, Addiction Problems, Social Services, Sweden