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Persdotter, BirgittaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-3323-0032
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Persdotter, B., Landstedt, E. & Hellfeldt, K. (2023). Detection of children at risk of maltreatment: longitudinal understanding of teachers’ concern for children’s home situation in Sweden. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Detection of children at risk of maltreatment: longitudinal understanding of teachers’ concern for children’s home situation in Sweden
2023 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Teachers in preschools and schools have a central role in detecting children at risk of maltreatment. The aim of this study was to provide a longitudinal understanding of teachers’ temporary and prolonged concerns for children's home situations (CCHS), from preschool (age 3–5 years) to year 1–3 of elementary school (age 8–10 years). Teacher- and parent reports from an ongoing prospective longitudinal study was used (baseline n = 2,113; 5-year follow-up n = 1,829). The study applied the bio-ecological systems framework by assessing how teachers’ CCHS were associated with person-, process-, and context-related factors. Both temporary and prolonged CCHS were primarily associated with teachers’ concern for different aspects of the children’s development, poor contact with parents and low parental SES, while school-related factors were less prominent. The longitudinal pattern indicates three risk levels and highlights the importance of the contact between teachers and parents in understanding when CCHS arises, ceases, or persists over time. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Children at risk of maltreatment, detection, prevention, teachers’ concern
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work; Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-96590 (URN)10.1080/1350293X.2023.2248428 (DOI)001053471300001 ()2-s2.0-85168703817 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-09-04 Created: 2023-09-04 Last updated: 2024-02-16Bibliographically approved
Greve, R. A., Persdotter, B., Christiansen, Ø. & Jørgensen, T. (2023). The Importance of Information Processing in Child Protection Cases-A Study of Social Workers' Integration of Other Professionals' Knowledge. British Journal of Social Work
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Importance of Information Processing in Child Protection Cases-A Study of Social Workers' Integration of Other Professionals' Knowledge
2023 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The processes used by social workers to collect, interpret and use stakeholder information in child protection cases are an unexplored but essential part of the decision-making process. This study focuses on social workers' efforts to integrate the knowledge of other professionals. This article draws on a framework for managing knowledge across organisational boundaries and a process-oriented conceptualisation of knowledge integration. The analysis of ten interviews with social workers shows that the process of knowledge integration affects the basis of social workers' decision making. We argue that knowledge possessed by other professionals is often viewed as easily transferrable and correctly received, when in fact this knowledge is often complex and subjective and requires extra effort to obtain, understand and integrate into case-specific situations. This implies a need to recognise information processing as an influencing factor in decision making within child protection that pertains to both practice and research. Our study is based on ten in-depth interviews with child protection social workers. We focus on the significance of the process of collecting and interpreting information from other professionals (boundary work), information which contributes to the social workers' assessments and decision making. We found that despite the efforts made by the social workers to obtain and understand knowledge from other professionals, this knowledge transfer had limitations. These limitations can weaken the foundation upon which decisions in child protection services are made. We suggest that: (i) child protection services pay more attention to the boundary work; at the organisational level by facilitating collaboration between organisations and at the individual level by enhancing the social workers' interpersonal collaborations skills and (ii) child protection research should include boundary work as an influencing factor on the decision-making process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2023
Keywords
boundary work, child protection, knowledge integration, relational agency, social workers
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-97388 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcad227 (DOI)001088122900001 ()
Funder
The Research Council of Norway, 300827
Available from: 2023-11-15 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2023-11-15Bibliographically approved
Kalin, T., Ahlgren, T. & Persdotter, B. (2022). Gender disparities in child welfare services' assessments of referrals. Findings from Sweden. International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, 134, 1-10, Article ID 105918.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender disparities in child welfare services' assessments of referrals. Findings from Sweden
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, ISSN 0145-2134, E-ISSN 1873-7757, Vol. 134, p. 1-10, article id 105918Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Many children referred to the child welfare services are not screened in for further investigation. Factors related to intake decisions have been found on several levels. Many studies, however, lack information about the children's own experiences of child maltreatment and/or behavioral problems. Objective: To examine case factors relating to decision to investigate referrals to the child welfare services in Sweden. Participants and setting: Data are used from a prospective longitudinal multisource program (LoRDYA) in Sweden studying two cohorts of adolescent children in four municipalities (n = 1884). Methods: By linking annual self-rating data with registry data from the child welfare services, data are analyzed through latent-class analysis and Poisson regression. Results: Most children who are self-rated severely exposed to maltreatment and/or behavioral problems are never investigated by the child welfare services (74.2 %). Referrals concerning girls are more likely to be investigated than referrals concerning boys (crudeAME = 0.09 p = ***). For girls, prior referrals (adjAME = 0.16, p = ***), household poverty (adjAME = 0.09, p = *) and any form of self-rated severe exposure to maltreatment and/or behavioral problems (adjAME = 0.14, p = ***) increased the chance of a decision to investigate. For boys, prior referrals (adjAME = 0.24, p = ***) increased the chance of a decision to investigate, while achieved age (adjAME = −0.03, p = *), and being referred on suspicions of neglect and behavioral problems (adjAME = −0.15, p = **) decreased the chance of a decision to investigate. Conclusions: Child welfare services assess referrals on boys and girls differently, which may explain why boys have in crude numbers a decreased chance of decisions to investigate.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2022
Keywords
Behavioral problems, Child welfare services, Decision-making, Investigation, Maltreatment, Screening
National Category
Gender Studies Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-92270 (URN)10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105918 (DOI)000878629700016 ()36244208 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85139725372 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2019-00280, 2019-10-01
Available from: 2022-10-26 Created: 2022-10-26 Last updated: 2022-11-29Bibliographically approved
Kalin, T., Persdotter, B., Ahlgren, T. & Gerdner, A. (2022). How do child welfare referrals in Sweden match children's self-reporting of severe exposure?. Child & Family Social Work, 27(2), 100-111
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How do child welfare referrals in Sweden match children's self-reporting of severe exposure?
2022 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 100-111Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Child welfare services (CWS) rely on referrals from professionals and civilians to address maltreatment and behavioural problems. To our knowledge, no prior study explored to what extent children who self-reported severe exposure to maltreatment or behavioural problems are referred to the CWS. This study is based on two data sets on a Swedish community sample of 1884 children: (i) self-reports in four waves during adolescence, including indicators of severe exposure, and (ii) a retrospective systematic review of all children's CWS records at age 18. According to self-reports, 445 matched one or more indicators of severe exposure. In total, 389 children of the total sample were referred, but only 169 of the self-reported severely exposed. Severely exposed children were more likely to be referred than other children, adjusting for several background factors. Children who did not experience severe exposure but lived in single-parent families, teenage parent families, poor families or immigrant families were more likely to be referred to CWS than other children. The findings are discussed from a children's rights perspective and inequity in relation to social work practice. In conclusion, although the referral rates are high, many children who are severely exposed to child maltreatment and behavioural problems remain undetected.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2022
Keywords
behavioural problems, child maltreatment, child welfare services, children&apos, s rights, inequity in referral, self&#8208, report
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-84188 (URN)10.1111/cfs.12856 (DOI)000652452500001 ()2-s2.0-85106211978 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2019-00280
Available from: 2021-06-07 Created: 2021-06-07 Last updated: 2022-04-21Bibliographically approved
Myndigheten för vård och omsorgsanalys, . (2022). Ljuset på skillnader: En studie om omotiverade skillnader i LSS-verksamhet, äldreomsorg och socialpsykiatri. Stockholm: Myndigheten för vård- och omsorgsanalys
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ljuset på skillnader: En studie om omotiverade skillnader i LSS-verksamhet, äldreomsorg och socialpsykiatri
2022 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Myndigheten för vård- och omsorgsanalys, 2022. p. 117
Series
Rapport ; 2022:6
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-92273 (URN)978-91-88935-60-1 (ISBN)
Note

I rapporten anges på sidan 5: Arbetet med rapporten har genomförts av projektledaren och utredaren EvaHagbjer, utredaren Peter Nilsson, analytikern Caroline Larsson, juristen EvaBucksch, juristen Timothy Hallgren och projektdirektören Marianne Svensson. Rapporten är baserad på en forskningsstudie som planerats, genomförts ochsammanställts av universitetslektorn Birgitta Persdotter vid Karlstad universitetpå uppdrag av Vård- och omsorgsanalys. 

Available from: 2022-10-26 Created: 2022-10-26 Last updated: 2022-11-01Bibliographically approved
Grim, K. & Persdotter, B. (2021). Skillnader som kan innebära risk för diskriminering?: En kvalitativ studie om faktorer som påverkar socialsekreterares bedömningar och beslut inom sociala barn- och ungdomsvården.. Stockholm: Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Skillnader som kan innebära risk för diskriminering?: En kvalitativ studie om faktorer som påverkar socialsekreterares bedömningar och beslut inom sociala barn- och ungdomsvården.
2021 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO), 2021. p. 124
Keywords
Socialtjänst, diskriminering
National Category
Social Work Law and Society
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-92274 (URN)978-91-88175-24-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-10-26 Created: 2022-10-26 Last updated: 2023-02-06Bibliographically approved
Persdotter, B. & Andersson, M. (2020). SAVE - Support and protection Against Violence, on Equal terms for all children: Ett forsknings- och utvecklingsprojekt om barnavårdsutredningarvid anmälan om misstänkt våldsutsatthet. Karlstad
Open this publication in new window or tab >>SAVE - Support and protection Against Violence, on Equal terms for all children: Ett forsknings- och utvecklingsprojekt om barnavårdsutredningarvid anmälan om misstänkt våldsutsatthet
2020 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

SAVE är den hittills största longitudinella studie i Sverige om sociala barn- och ungdomsvårdens utredningar efter anmälan om misstänkt våldsutsatthet. Syftet med SAVE är att öka kunskapen om i vilken utsträckning olika typer av våldsproblematik framkommer i barnavårdsutredningar, hur risken för fortsatt våld bedöms, i vilken utsträckning insatser beslutas samt om flickor och pojkar oavsett ålder, ursprung och funktionsnedsättning beviljas insatser på lika villkor.Resultatet i denna delrapport baseras på barnavårdsutredningar om 851 barn som aktualiserats hos socialtjänsten efter anmälan om misstänkt våldsutsatthet. Datainsamlingen har pågått från maj 2019 – april 2020.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: , 2020. p. 50
Series
FoU Välfärd Värmland 2020:1 ; 2020:1
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-82777 (URN)978-91-7867-178-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-02-10 Created: 2021-02-10 Last updated: 2021-02-11Bibliographically approved
Sveriges kommuner och landsting, (. (2018). Förbättrad dokumentation: UTVECKLINGSARBETE: FÖRBÄTTRAD DOKUMENTATION INOM DEN SOCIALA BARN- OCH UNGDOMSVÅRDEN. Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting (SKL)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förbättrad dokumentation: UTVECKLINGSARBETE: FÖRBÄTTRAD DOKUMENTATION INOM DEN SOCIALA BARN- OCH UNGDOMSVÅRDEN
2018 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting (SKL), 2018. p. 51S
Keywords
Dokumentation, handläggning, sociala barn- och ungdomsvården, utvecklingsprojekt
National Category
Social Sciences Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-82840 (URN)978-91-7585-638-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-02-16 Created: 2021-02-16 Last updated: 2021-03-24Bibliographically approved
Myndigheten för vård- och omsorgsanalys, . (2018). Lika läge för alla? Om omotiverade skillnader inom den sociala barn- och ungdomsvården. Stockholm: Myndigheten för vård- och omsorgsanalys
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lika läge för alla? Om omotiverade skillnader inom den sociala barn- och ungdomsvården
2018 (Swedish)Report (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Myndigheten för vård- och omsorgsanalys, 2018. p. 101
Series
Rapport 2018:10 ; 2018:10
Keywords
Omotiverade skillnader, sociala barn- och ungdomsvården
National Category
Social Sciences Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-82773 (URN)978-91-87213-92-2 (ISBN)
Note

I rapporten anges på sidan 3: Arbetet med rapporten har genomförts av utredaren Peter Nilsson, juristen Nadja Zandpour och utredaren Maria Branting. Rapporten är baserad på en forskningsstudie som planerats, genomförts och sammanställts av universitetslektor Birgitta Svensson vid Karlstads universitet på uppdrag av Vårdanalys.

Available from: 2021-02-16 Created: 2021-02-16 Last updated: 2022-04-29Bibliographically approved
Svensson, B. (2018). Våld mot barn – om nyansering och tidiga insatser. In: : . Paper presented at Barnahus 10-års jubileum i Eskilstuna, 21 maj 2018. Ett samarbete mellan Socialtjänsten i Strängnäs och Eskilstuna, Polismyndigheten, Åklagarkammaren i Eskilstuna samt Landstinget Sörmland..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Våld mot barn – om nyansering och tidiga insatser
2018 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-83389 (URN)
Conference
Barnahus 10-års jubileum i Eskilstuna, 21 maj 2018. Ett samarbete mellan Socialtjänsten i Strängnäs och Eskilstuna, Polismyndigheten, Åklagarkammaren i Eskilstuna samt Landstinget Sörmland.
Note

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Available from: 2021-03-10 Created: 2021-03-10 Last updated: 2021-03-17Bibliographically approved
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