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Instabilitet för barn i samhällsvård
Umeå Universitet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
Kommunförbundet Västernorrland. (FoU-enheten)
Umeå Universitet.
2012 (Swedish)In: Socionomens forskningssupplement, ISSN 0283-1929, Vol. 31, no 1, 34-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes stability in out-of-home care for children in Sweden. The study hasfocused on placement breakdown but also used planned movements and re-placement tostudy placement stability. The sample consists of 213 children who started 317placements during 2005 and 2006. Social work case files were examined to follow everyplacement for, at most, two years from the day that the placement began. Those childrenwho finished their period of care during the study’s follow-up period were monitored forone year after completion of placement to see if "returns home" were stable or if the childwas re-placed in care.The analyses reveal that a significant majority of children who returned home fromcare did so before social workers considered care no longer necessary. The most commonreason for end of a placement for preschool aged children was placement movements andfor teenager’s placement breakdowns. This result indicates that type of instabilitydepends on children’s age.As in other research, our study revealed teenagers or children with aggressivebehavior had an increased risk of placement breakdown. The risk for re-placementincreased if the child’s last placement ended because parents withdrew their consent forplacement or if the child was placed in institutional care. This study points to the need todiscuss the importance of consent, particularly parents of younger children and withyouths themselves. It also indicates that if social service wants to increase placementstability they have to take the age of the child in consideration.

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Stockholm: Akademikerförbundet SSR , 2012. Vol. 31, no 1, 34-43 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-16360DiVA: diva2:531068
Available from: 2012-06-05 Created: 2012-06-05 Last updated: 2012-07-25Bibliographically approved

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