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Barnets röst i barnavårdsutedningar: En kvalitativ studie av barnavårdsutredningar med fokus på barnets rätt till att få komma till tals
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The voice of children in the child welfare investigations : A qualitative study of child welfare investigations with focus on the child's right to be heard (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to investigate how a child's rights of speech are taken into account in child welfare investigations. A child's speech or words are not always taken seriously or as important as it should be in the child’s context. This problem has been a major topic of concern both at the national and the international level. Children want their speech of rights to be respected. It is their fundamental right that every human must guarantee to protect these rights to make a better world for future generations. Therefore in order to deeply examine the research topic, the authors used different theoretical approaches like power theory, communication theory and freedom of action. Furthermore the authors gathered more information using semi structure interviews with social workers who work with child welfare investigations. From the interview discussions, the researchers looked for recurrent themes and came with some findings that children are able to express their opinions in child welfare investigations. Children’s visibility and participation in child welfare investigations have improved since BBIC (the child’s needs at the center) has been involved in child welfare investigations. Children´s words or opinions were also ignored. More so, the actual level of how a child´s contribution directly influenced the decision making process was very unclear. The study further shows that social workers are using various communication methods and techniques to adress children's wishes and opinions to provide the best acceptable services. A well-established feedback session is made available in order to gather the children’s opinions and improve on the services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
child voice, child rights, social services, social work, child welfare, child welfare investigate
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46031OAI: diva2:850782
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2015-09-03 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2015-09-03Bibliographically approved

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