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Bringing the Family Back in: On Role Assignment and Clientification in the Swedish Social Services
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (English)In: Social Sciences, ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 4, no 1, 117-133 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, municipal social services provide help and support for vulnerable people with a variety of needs. Although the family has long been understood to be a focus of social work interventions, it is unclear how it is brought into the casework process in the highly individualised and specialised municipal social services. Therefore, in this study we investigated processes of client-making and role assignment in five service sectors: social assistance, child welfare, substance abuse, disability, and elderly care. We carried out focus group interviews with social workers in each of these sectors in a mid-sized community in central Sweden. Findings showed that clienthood and the family are interpreted in different ways. The family is brought into or kept out of service provisions in ways that are connected to social workers’ construction of the family either as expert, client or non-client. However, the role of the family may also change during the casework process. Findings are examined in relation to theories of the welfare state and implications for family-focused practice are discussed.

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Basel, 2015. Vol. 4, no 1, 117-133 p.
Keyword [en]
clienthood; family, social services, focus groups, familialisation
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-99312DOI: 10.3390/socsci4010117OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-99312DiVA: diva2:786722
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Socialt arbete i familjer med komplexa behov - om familjen som bas för insatser i svensk socialtjänst
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0198
Available from: 2015-02-06 Created: 2015-02-06 Last updated: 2015-10-19Bibliographically approved

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