An abstract and nameless, but powerful, bystander : ‘unaccompanied children’ talking about their social workers in Sweden

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An abstract and nameless, but powerful, bystander : ‘unaccompanied children’ talking about their social workers in Sweden

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dc.contributor.author Lalander, Philip sv
dc.contributor.author Herz, Marcus en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-04T08:31:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-04T08:31:39Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2156-857X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24807
dc.description.abstract This article investigates how ‘unaccompanied children’ in Sweden experience one part of the reception system – the social workers – in the context of their everyday life. The aim is to describe and analyse how these young people view and experience social workers and their relation to them, as well as their perceptions regarding the social worker’s nature. The article is drawn from a research project where 20 ‘unaccompanied children’ participated for over two years. During this period, the researchers have met with the young people continuously doing interviews, observations and informal conversations once a month. The results indicate that the social worker tends to become something of a bystander, a representative of the authorities who has played no active role in the young people’s everyday life, except for when they ‘pop up’ to make a decision affecting their everyday life. The social worker becomes a bystander with power. This is discussed in relation to situational ethics and the importance of building relationships and trust to service users in general and to ‘unaccompanied children’ in particular. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.subject Unaccompanied children en_US
dc.subject social work en_US
dc.subject authorities en_US
dc.subject ethnography en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title An abstract and nameless, but powerful, bystander : ‘unaccompanied children’ talking about their social workers in Sweden en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Social Work (SA) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/2156857X.2018.1457558 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Nordic Social Work Research;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 9
dc.description.authorversion No en_US
dcterms.identifier.OAurl https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2156857X.2018.1457558
dc.format.ePage 28
dc.format.sPage 18
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