Postdoc grant: Child protection in Sweden - welfare and clients

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2008
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 1360000 SEK


The municipal based child welfare services are the societal institutions in Sweden responsible for children and youth at risk. This responsibility comprises protection as well as provision of services for e.g. children that are exposed to risk due to parental behaviour, and youth whose behaviour are associated with risk for their own well being, e.g. substance abuse.

Child welfare research is often conducted on the individual level, where characteristics and behaviours of children, youth and families are of principal interest. However, it is a well known fact that children and youth placed in residential- and foster care predominantly come from disadvantaged groups in society. Thus, factors such as class, gender and race are important factors on the societal level to understand which children are placed in out-of-home services. Despite this, it is difficult to establish the role such factors play during agency filtering processes when eligibility for services are assessed. Furthermore, there is a lack of knowledge whether the society in some sense are compensating for disadvantages – in terms of securing different welfare resources – for those children and youth that are placed in care.

The project consists of three different sub-projects. The first and the second sub-project are expanded analyses in projects that already are established. The first one focuses single mothers on social assistance in the three largest cities in Sweden and examines to what extent and on which grounds children and youth are referred to child welfare agencies in these particular families. The second one consists of analyses of financial resources and tangible assets among 300 youth residing in institutions and foster families. In the third sub-project, the ambition is to follow agency filtering process when child welfare workers are assessing need for services. A principal question here is to examine whether factors as class, gender and race are selective in this process.

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