Delaktighet genom barnombud: En brygga mellan socialtjänst och ungdom i barnavårdsutredningar
Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Participation through child advocate services (English)
This study aims to describe and analyse the ideas behind and the function of the NGO
Maskrosbarn’s advocate services for children (barnombud) during child welfare
investigations. The main focus is the advocate services relation to children’s participation.
The study has a qualitative case-study approach and contains documents from the local
authorities and interviews with eight representatives in six different positions such as child
advocates, youth and social workers. An analysis has been made using Shier’ (2001) and
Hart’s (1992) theories of child participation and theories about human service organisations
(Hasenfeldt, 1983), the New Institutional Theory (Meyer & Rowan, 1977) and the street-level
bureaucrat theory (Lipsky, 1980). One main obstacle for child participation in child welfare
investigation, shown in the study, is organisational conditions and social workers’ position in
public authority. By creating a relationship built on trust, the child advocate supports the child
in the investigation process and has the ability to increase the child’s participation and thereby
overcome the gap between the social worker and the child. This study highlights the
importance of an active cooperation between the child advocate services and the social
services, and also of a shared view on the meaning of participation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 62 p.
child advocate, representative, child protection, participation, user involvement, convention on the rights of the child, article 12
barnombud, företrädare, ombud, barnkonventionen, artikel 12, delaktighet, brukarmedverkan, social barnavård, barns röster
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-126982DiVA: diva2:904707
Östberg, Francesca, Fil. Dr.
Vinnerljung, Bo, Professor