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The self-referral affordances of school-based social work support: a case study
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4538-6555
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Psychology and organization studies. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3328-6538
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

School-based social work can reach children at risk through the promotion of children’s participation in seeking support. Drawing on Gibson’s theory of affordances, the aim of this interview-based study was to identify affordances for self-referral associated with school-based social work support. Results reveal three affordances facilitating children’s self-initiated contact: (i) the day-to-day presence of social workers in the school environment supports investment in relationships, (ii) use of communication technologies facilitates contact and (iii) the visibility of the social workers’ practice encourages contact-initiation. Common to all three affordances are the accessibility of the social workers, and the generation of trust.

Abstract [sv]

Skolsocialt arbete kan främja att barn som far illa eller riskera fara illa upptäcks tidigare genom barns delaktighet i att söka stöd. Med utgångspunkt i Gibsońs teori om affordances (användningsegenskaper, vår översättning) var syftet med denna intervjustudie att identifiera vilka användningsegenskaper för att själva söka stöd var associerat med skolsocialt arbete. Resultatet visade tre användningsegenskaper som möjliggjorde att barnen själva initierade stöd: (i) varje-dag-närvaro av socialarbetare i skolmiljön underbygger att barnen investerar i relation med socialarbetarna (ii) användande av kommunikationsteknologi med hög igenkänningsfaktor understöder att barnen tar kontakt (iii) socialarbetarnas synlighet understödjer att barnen tar kontakt. Gemensamt för alla tre användningsegenskaper är socialarbetarnas tillgänglighet för barnen, och den tillit det tycks skapa.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
School-based social work; affordances; children’s self-referrals; child protection; children at risk; child welfare; organization; Sweden
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Social Work
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Social work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10621DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1278521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10621DiVA: diva2:1067075
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Swedish National Institute of Public Health
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Published online: 16 Jan 2017

Available from: 2017-01-19 Created: 2017-01-19 Last updated: 2017-01-24Bibliographically approved

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