Italian and Nordic social workers’ assessments of families with children at risk

DSpace Repository

Italian and Nordic social workers’ assessments of families with children at risk

Show full item record

Files for download

Find Full text There are no files associated with this item.

Facebook

Simple item record

Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Italian and Nordic social workers’ assessments of families with children at risk
Author(s) Guidi, Paolo ; Meeuwisse, Anna ; Scaramuzzino, Roberto
Date 2016
English abstract
The question of how social workers view child welfare problems and what are seen as appropriate interventions has been subject of debate and research the last decades. The aim of the study is to investigate how different child welfare models influence social workers’ assessment of cases involving children at risk. This is done by identifying differences and similarities between Nordic and Italian social workers’ assessments regarding the levels of intervention, their line of reasoning and the types of intervention proposed. A recent comparative study of social workers’ assessment in four Nordic countries reveals a tendency to apply a common model in social work with children and families. The data for this study, collected through a qualitative vignette study involving 18 Italian social workers, are compared with the results of the Nordic study. The analysis displays certain differences between Italian and Nordic social workers’ assessments, in particular with adolescents, but also indicates similar approaches with babies and children. The similarities in the assessment of Nordic and Italian social workers, especially in the line of reasoning, indicate a common professional base of values and knowledge among social workers working with families. The study also shows that child welfare models, as institutional factors, actually influence social workers’ assessment of cases involving children at risk, when it comes to level of intervention and intervention proposed. Such influence seems to be mediated by meso-level organisational factors related to how social work with children at risk is organised.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2156857X.2015.1099052 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Nordic Social Work Research;1
Volume 6
ISSN 2156-8588
Pages 4-21
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) social work assessment
child welfare models
vignette method
Nordic countries
Italy
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20743 (link to this page)

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

Search


Browse

My Account

Statistics