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När samhället träder in – socialsekreterares professionskunskap vid omhändertaganden: En undersökning av hur yrkesaktiva socionomers kunskaps- och erfarenhetsprocesser samt handlingsutrymme ser ut vid omhändertaganden enligt LVU
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
When social services step in - social workers’ professional knowledge when children are taken into care : A study of how social workers’ processes of knowledge and experience as well as action space are represented in authority based child care in Sweden (English)
Abstract [sv]

Den här intervjubaserade kvalitativa studien syftar till att utforska den professionskunskap som socialarbetare upplever att de har och använder i sitt dagliga arbete inom barnavårdsutredningar i Sverige. Ordet "professionskunskap" avgränsas i studien som den kunskap, de erfarenheter, de verktyg och upplevelsen av handlingsutrymme som socialarbetare använder i beslutsprocessen kring tvångsomhändertaganden. Det empiriska materialet består av åtta semistrukturerade intervjuer med socialarbetare som syftade till att samla in socialarbetarnas subjektiva syn på och åsikter kring sin professionskunskap. Det empiriska materialet tematiserades och analyserades genom Michael Lipskys teori "Street-level bureaucracy" och narrativ teori. Även om professionskunskap kan anses vara individbaserad visar studien på vissa gemensamma mönster. En av uppsatsens slutsatser är att den professionella kunskapen som socialarbetaren har uttrycks genom ett utbyte av erfarenhetsbaserad kunskap som är knuten till det utmanande ställning som socialarbetarna har som gräsrotsbyråkrater. Ett annat resultat är att för att behärska denna komplicerade position måste socialarbetarna hantera sina känslor i samband med sitt arbete genom att regelbundet utbyta kunskaper och erfarenheter i en narrativ miljö. Sammanfattningsvis indikerar uppsatsen att ett konstant utbyte av erfarenheter skapar den ultimata grunden för professionskunskap.

Abstract [en]

This interview based qualitative study aims to explore the professional knowledge that social workers experience that they have and use in their daily work in authority based child care in Sweden. The word “professional knowledge” is defined in the report as what “knowledge”, “experiences”, “instruments” and sense of “action space” the social workers include in the process of decision making regarding compulsory care. The empirical material was collected through eight semi-structured interviews with social workers with the purpose to gather their subjective views and opinions regarding their professional knowledge. Then, the empirical material was thematically categorized and analysed through Michael Lipsky's theory “Street-level bureaucracy” and narrative theory. The study finds that professional knowledge is a constant exchange of self-perceived experiences and that it is somewhat tied to the individual social work but also that there are some basic common observations to be made. One of the conclusions of the essay is that the professional knowledge that the social worker possesses is expressed through a development of experience which is tied to the challenging position the social workers have as street-level bureaucrats. Another finding is that in order to master this complicated position the social workers have to manage the emotions connected to their work through exchanging experience-based knowledge on a regular basis. In summary, the essay suggests that a constant exchange of experiences creates the ultimate basis for professional knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 51
Keywords [en]
Professional socialwork, Socialworkers, Childcare, Professional child care, Compulsory care
Keywords [sv]
Professionellt socialt arbete, Socialsekreterare, Barnavårdsutredningar, Professionskunskap, Socialtjänst
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7641DiVA, id: diva2:1332193
Educational program
Socionomprogrammet 210 hp
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2019-07-01 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-07-01Bibliographically approved

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