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Socialtjänstens arbete med ensamkommande flyktingbarn: En studie om socialtjänstens möjligheter att tillgodose de ensamkommande barnens behov
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Social service work with unaccompanied refugee children : A study of the social services' ability to meet the needs of unaccompanied children (English)
Abstract [en]

There has been a high influx of unaccompanied refugee children who have come to Sweden, the number increased particularly in 2015 compared with previous years. It is the municipalities, and therefor the social services, responsibility to provide adequate care for this children. The purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of the social services work and opportunities to meet the needs of unaccompanied children in accordance with the child's best, in relation to the convention on the rights of the child. The study is based on a qualitative approach and the method is semi-structured interviews with three managers in the field and three social workers. According to the results, social services has faced a challenge in meeting the needs of unaccompanied children in both a lack of resources such as accommodations and lack of social workers. The results also show that there are some difficulties to consider the child's best in the work with the unaccompanied children, partly to the lack of resources wich inhibits the ability to meet the child's wishes and because of differences of opinion about what is best for the child. The organisation has faced a change in order to cope with the large influx of unaccompanied children and therefore organization theory is used in the analysis. Theoretical concepts that is used in the study is discretion and street level bureaucracy due the social workers is street level bureaucracies whose work with unaccompanied children is affected by their discretion given by the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
unaccompanied children, social service, meeting needs, organizational conditions, discretion
Keyword [sv]
ensamkommande barn, socialtjänsten, tillgodose behov, organisatoriska förutsättningar, handlingsutrymme
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53393OAI: diva2:935789
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
2016-06-12, 20:46 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-12 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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