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The Swedish social services' police reporting and children's access to protection and support in child abuse cases: A quantitative content analysis.
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Care Sciences. Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Social Work.
Uppsala University, Uppsala.
Dalarna University, School of Health and Welfare, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3866-5636
Stockholm University, Stockholm.
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect, ISSN 0145-2134, E-ISSN 1873-7757, Vol. 133, article id 105828Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child prohibits all forms of violence against children. Sweden was early in introducing a ban on disciplinary violence; however, difficulties have been noted in identifying children in need of protection and providing help for children exposed to violence.

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the social services' police reporting and children's access to protection and support in cases of physical and sexual child abuse.

METHODS: The sample consisted of 291 child welfare reports from three Swedish municipalities. Data were collected from child welfare reports, investigations, and child social records and analyzed using quantitative content analysis.

RESULTS: A majority of the cases, including cases with a high indication for police reporting, were not reported to the police by the social services. Although the child in 60.1 % of cases provided information about violence, 70.7 % of all child welfare investigations were completed without support measures, and only 8.2 % led to protection or support linked to violence. Children's participation was limited, suggesting inadequate conditions for children's access to protection and support.

CONCLUSIONS: Children's right to protection against violence requires the recognition of children as active participants with access to safe participation. Failure to report suspected crimes against children risks minimizing acts of violence or making violence invisible. Difficulties in handling conflicts of interest between children and parents risk neither protection nor support being provided for the child.

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2022. Vol. 133, article id 105828
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Child participation, Child protection, Child sexual abuse, Child welfare, Physical child abuse, Police report
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-42268DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105828ISI: 000846679800006PubMedID: 35981440Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85135905889OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-42268DiVA, id: diva2:1690479
Available from: 2022-08-26 Created: 2022-08-26 Last updated: 2023-03-23Bibliographically approved

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