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Social Work Or Bureaucracy? Administrators’ Perspectives On The Handling Of Maintenance Support After The  Amendments In The 2016 Swedish Social Insurance Code
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Centre for Social Work - CESAR.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6504-0877
2018 (English)In: Women, vulnerability and welfare services, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the effects of the amendments regarding maintenance support in Sweden, which became effective in 2016. These amendments imply that maintenance support should to a larger extent be transformed into maintenance allowance, whereby the handling of support is transferred from the Social Insurance Agency (SIA) to the parents who are expected to initiate a dialogue to secure the best interest of the children in financial terms. However, this may be problematic. Possible occurrence of violence and financial oppression, when the financial acting space of one partner is restricted by the other, may severely complicate the implementation. It has been argued that a normative family perspective, that presupposes the possibility of an unproblematic co-operation between ex-partners with children tends to obscure such power imbalances. Although desirable, mutual responsibility for support can thus create potential for fathers to exert financial oppression over mothers, who most often have the main financial responsibility as custodial parents.

By interviewing ten custodial parents and administrators about their experiences of maintenance processes after the amendments, this study focuses on if, or how, experiences of violence and financial oppression has affected these processes and what implications this may have on the financial situation for parents and children.  Preliminary results suggest that the legislative changes and how they have been executed by the SIA to a large extent neglect previous experience of violence and threats which is partly due to administrative routines and the administrators’ attitude towards discussing these issues.

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2018.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-369322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-369322DiVA, id: diva2:1270053
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Forsa/Nousa 2018: Power and social work, 21-23 Novem­ber 2018, Helsinki, Fin­land
Available from: 2018-12-12 Created: 2018-12-12 Last updated: 2019-03-14Bibliographically approved

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