Trabajo social en Suecia, tendencias generales y el caso particular de los niños migrantes

Trabajo social en Suecia, tendencias generales y el caso particular de los niños migrantes

Publication Type:
article-journal
Date Issued:
2014
Authors:
Norma Montesino , Erica Righard
Publisher:
Universidad Complutense Madrid
Language:
eng
Page:
39-48
DOI:
10.5209/rev_CUTS.2014.v27.n1.42789
Abstract:

The restructuring of the Swedish welfare state and increasing inequalities are social transformations over the past three decades. Sweden has lost its leading position in the international rankings of social equality. New ways of understan- ding and addressing social problems allow privatization of social services, public before. In addition, demographic changes such as increased international mobility and complexity in the dynamics of social problems demand new res- ponses from social services, which have clear implications for social work, which emerged as a territorially bounded activity by national borders. The case of migrant children is an example, as it clearly states these new problems and shows various and contra- dictory responses from the services of child protection. In this paper we discuss the responses by social workers in ca- re cases and institutionalized responses from foster care. In those places is detected the failure of institutionalized forms of child protection. In the individual case-work we see an emergence of critical responses among social workers, who within the legal framework question the tradition of loyalty to Swedish state authority in social work. Replies apart, we see also arise organizations challenging repressive policies and try to work from a perspective that takes into account the issues affecting migrant children.

Keywords:
trabajo social / social work Suecia / Sweden estado de bienestar / welfare state menores migrantes / migrant children protección infancia / child protection