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A comparison of state support for young people leaving care in Norway and Sweden: Differences within comparable welfare systems
Faculty of Social Sciences, OsloMet‐OsloMetropolitan University, Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7735-9455
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.
Department of Social Work, University ofGothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 393-399Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this article is to account for and discuss support to young care leavers within the comparable welfare regimes of Norway and Sweden and to explore key differences between these 2 countries. This model implies that children and young people are included and entitled to support through being family members, not as independent actors in their own right. This makes young care leaver’s transition from care to adulthood problematic—as they often do not have access to family support, they may be positioned in a vacuum where they are clients neither entitled to support from the child welfare system nor supported by their families of origin. In Norway, legislators and policymakers have agreed that care leavers need particular attention and targeted support, whereas in Sweden, there has been no such agreement. However, the Norwegian system of giving leaving care services is not strong enough to provide transition support to all care leavers, even if the legislation gives stronger protection than in Sweden. The article discusses the need for targeted measures of support for a successful care-leaving process. 

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Blackwell Publishing Ltd , 2019. Vol. 24, no 3, p. 393-399
Keywords [en]
adolescence; adult; adulthood; article; attention; child; child welfare; controlled study; human; law; Norway; social support; Sweden; vacuum
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30566DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12471ISI: 000477909900010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069960958OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-30566DiVA, id: diva2:1345273
Available from: 2019-08-23 Created: 2019-08-23 Last updated: 2019-08-23Bibliographically approved

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