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Errors and Mistakes in Child ProtectionInternational Discourses, Approaches and Strategies$
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Kay Biesel, Judith Masson, Nigel Parton, and Tarja Pösö

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350705

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350705.001.0001

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The political-administrative and the professional approach to errors and mistakes in Swedish child protection

The political-administrative and the professional approach to errors and mistakes in Swedish child protection

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(p.135) 8 The political-administrative and the professional approach to errors and mistakes in Swedish child protection
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Errors and Mistakes in Child Protection
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Inger Kjellberg

Staffan Höjer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350705.003.0008

The discourses and debates on errors and mistakes in child protection in Sweden hold many different sub-themes. Relatively recently, the Swedish state both recognised and apologised to persons maltreated in the Swedish child welfare system before 1980. At times, the discourse has been dominated by parents’ abuse or neglect resulting in child deaths. The role of social services in these cases has been depicted as faulty. Other areas of discourse focus on strengthening children’s rights in child protection, and impact on the day to day work of social services arising in part from the increase in unaccompanied children entering Sweden over recent years. This chapter aims to describe and discuss past and current strategies to avoid and handle errors and mistakes in child protection in Sweden. The chapter describes legal errors, organizational errors and professional errors as well as strategies to handle them. It builds on research from the two authors and others. The strategies are presented in themes, including: a) the different measures within the quality assurance systems – such as mandatory reports of mistreatment to the regulatory authority; b) the strategies to avoid errors and mistakes including increased legislation, control and governmental inspections and more attention to children’s voices; c) strategies originating from professional groups aiming to avoid errors and mistakes. Finally, the chapter discusses possible strategies designed to promote learning from errors and mistakes in social work education and for policy development.

Keywords:   Sweden, political-administrative approach, mandatory reporting, regulation and inspection, responses of the professions

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