Social work assessment of families with children at risk : similarities and differences in Italian and Swedish public services

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Publication Doctoral Thesis
Title Social work assessment of families with children at risk : similarities and differences in Italian and Swedish public services
Author Guidi, Paolo
Date 2016
English abstract
The thesis aims at understanding and explaining social work assessment of families with children at risk, at the level of practice, considering social workers' role in their national welfare system.· The thesis embodies four articles and is informed by a comparative perspective between Sweden and Italy. The first three articles are based on a vignette study focusing on social workers' assessment of three cases of children at risk and the fourth article draws on a broad cross-national survey focusing on social workers' perception of power. The comparison shows great similarities in assessment and line of reasoning when it comes to cases involving infants and small children, while differences are more evident when it comes to adolescent behaviour. Italian social workers are in general more oriented to intervene than their Swedish counterparts. However, Swedish social workers perceive that they have greater power towards their · clients than their Italian colleagues. Differences in the assessment at level of practice are only partly explained by national welfare systems. Also local organisational structures, cultural understandings, and the role assumed by professionals in respect.to their mandate, seem to be influencing factors when it comes to soda! workers' assessment of families with children at risk.
Publisher Malmö university
Series/Issue Malmö University Health and Society Doctoral Dissertations;9
ISSN 1653-5383
ISBN 9789171047342
9789171047359
Pages 83
Language eng (iso)
Subject child maltreatment
adolescent alcohol consumption
Italy
Sweden
social work
assessment,
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Included papers
  1. I ‘Italian and Nordic social workers’ assessment of families with children at risk’. (Paolo Guidi, Anna Meeuwisse and Roberto Scaramuzzino). Nordic Social Work Research, 2016, vol. 61(1), pp. 9-21. doi: 10.1080/2156857X.2015.1099052

  2. II ‘Social work assessment of underage alcohol consumption – Non-specialised Social Services comparison between Sweden and Italy’. (Paolo Guidi and Matteo Di Placido) Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2015, vol. 32 (2), pp. 199-218. doi: 10.1515/nsad-2015-0020.

  3. III ‘Social Work assessment of a family with an abused child – Compulsory intervention in Italian and Swedish public social services’. (Paolo Guidi). Revista de Asistenţă Socială, n. 3, 2014, pp. 45-56.

  4. IV ‘Italian and Swedish social workers’ perceptions of power - Between welfare and child protection systems, professional mandate and clients’. (Paolo Guidi and Roberto Scaramuzzino) Submitted to the Journal of Social Work, April 2016, manuscript JSW-16-0037; under review.

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