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Elusive Participation – Social Workers’ Experience of the Participation of Children with Disabilities in LSS Assessments
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, no 1, p. 38-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of Swedish social workers’ experience of disabled children’s participation, to discover in what ways their knowledge about impairment and disability, combined with legal literacy and local context influence children’s participation in formal meetings and decision making. Seven focus-group interviews were conducted with 35 municipal social workers from communities in different parts of Sweden. The phenomenological analysis resulted in the overarching theme of elusive participation, in which participation was described as difficult to grasp both in relation to what was supposed to be achieved and what it was meant to result in. Elusive participation entailed a discrepancy between policy and practice, norms and perception of normality, conflicting perspectives and needs, judgment of children’s abilities. These findings underline the importance of creating safe spaces in which social workers have the opportunity for critical reflections and shared discussions about social work practice.

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Stockholm University Press, 2019. no 1, p. 38-48
Keywords [en]
children; disabilities; social workers; participation; decision-making; disability legislation
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29320DOI: 10.16993/sjdr.558ISI: 000477958500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85064679341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-29320DiVA, id: diva2:1290595
Available from: 2019-02-21 Created: 2019-02-21 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved

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