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‘There is a fear of not being SUPER knowledgeable’: social workers striving to enhance children’s participation in the assessment process for disability support
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. Department for Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. (FBU)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5435-1637
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. Department for Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. (FBU)
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. Department for Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. (FBU)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6202-4196
2024 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

There is a need for more knowledge about how to enhance children’s participation in the assessment process when applying for support in accordance with the Swedish Disability Act (SDA). Here, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has been highlighted as a successful way of letting children have a say in matters that concern their everyday lives. This study examines, from social workers’ perspectives, how increased participation can be made possible for children with disabilities during the process of decision-making and planning for support. Based on focus group interviews (N = 17) and individual interviews (N = 11) the findings reveal that the social worker shows a readiness to listen to children’s voices. However, they experience a range of both facilitating, but predominantly complicating, factors when meeting with the child and their parents. It is argued that the social workers’ professional discretion to some extent is influenced by the prevailing organisational culture, where a permissive work climate and proactive leadership are attributed great importance.

Abstract [sv]

Det behövs mer kunskap om hur barns delaktighet kan stärkas i bedömningsprocessen vid ansökan om stöd enligt Lagen om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade (LSS). Här har Alternativ ochK ompletterande Kommunikation (AKK) lyfts fram som ett framgångsrikt sätt att låta barn komma till tals i frågor som rör deras vardag. Denna studie undersöker, utifrån socialarbetares perspektiv, hur ökad delaktighet kan möjliggöras för barn med funktionsnedsättning under beslutsfattande och planering för stöd. Baserat på fokusgruppsintervjuer (N = 17) och individuella intervjuer (N = 11) visar resultaten att den handläggande socialarbetaren ofta visar en beredskap och vilja att lyssna på barns röster. De upplever dock en rad både underlättande men framför allt komplicerande faktorer i mötet med barnet och dess föräldrar. Studien konkluderar att socialarbetarnas professionella handlingsutrymme för att främja barns delaktighet i utredningsprocessen i viss mån påverkas av den rådande organisationskulturen, där tillåtande arbetsklimat och proaktivt ledarskap tillskrivs stor betydelse.

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2024. p. 1-13
Keywords [en]
Children’s participation; disability; Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC); professional discretion
Keywords [sv]
Barns delaktighet; funktionshinder; Alternativ och kompletterande kommunikation (AKK); handlingsutrymme
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Social Work
Research subject
Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21205DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2023.2297147Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85181247000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21205DiVA, id: diva2:1828210
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-01335
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