Co-operation in a child welfare case: a comparative cross-national vignette study.
2006 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 9, no 2, 223-240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of this article is to explore how social workers co-operate around a case where a four-year-old child is exposed to hardship or abuse in the family. The empirical data were collected using a vignette technique in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, the state of Texas (USA) and Britain. The data show that it is common to discuss, as well as work jointly, with others in an obviously serious child welfare case, and that different professional expertise is involved. Discussions of a case are generally held within the agency rather than with external specialists. Moreover, there is a positive relationship between the severity of the case and the degree of collaborative working. The data show that there are differences in the answers between the countries under study. One cause contributing to differences might be variation in organisation of the social services in the countries. Another explanation could be the extent to which legislation affects co-operation at the single case level. To be able to establish regular co-operation between different agencies, it seems to be important that co-operation is integrated in the process of the practice in social work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 9, no 2, 223-240 p.
Child protection, social work practice, vignette method, collaboration, co-operation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109640DOI: 10.1080/13691450600723187OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-109640DiVA: diva2:273361