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Vad påverkar handlingsutrymmet?: En kvalitativ studie av ekonomihandläggares reflektioner kring sitt handlingsutrymme
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
What affects discretion? : A qualitative study concerning social welfare workers reflections regarding their discretion. (English)
Abstract [en]


Social welfare workers employed in the same county base their assessments on the same laws, routines and guidelines, yet it seems that they sometimes come to different decisions. It's the discretion that enables the social workers to make individualized decisions adapted to each clients unique situation.

The purpose of this paper is to examine social welfare workers reflections on discretion and what influences their discretion in the professional role.

Six qualitative interviews were conducted with social welfare workers in three communitys i the middle of Sweden.

The main result shows that it is primarily four factors that affect the social welfare workers discretion in the professional role :

  • External factors such as other organizations change of regulations and cooperation with other organizations.

  • Organizational factors such as routines, rules and guidelines .

  • Professional factors such as the opportunity to use experience and professional

    knowledge to determine which measure works in different situations.

  • Individual factors like the workers ability for initiative and the clients individual

    circumstances. Social welfare workers feel that they have a relatively wide discretion in their profession. They believe they have the ability to make individual evaluations of each client, however they also believe that their discretion often is limited by lack of time.

    Key words: social welfare workers, clients, discretion, assessments. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 29 p.
Keyword [sv]
handlingsutrymme, socialt arbete, ekonomiskt bistånd
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33459OAI: diva2:745464
Subject / course
Socialt arbete
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (210 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-08-26 Last updated: 2014-09-11Bibliographically approved

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