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Nordic family policies: constructing contexts for social work with families

Guðný Björk Eydal and Teppo Kröger

in Social work and child welfare politics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.003.0002
Nordic family policies: constructing contexts for social work with families

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This chapter first discusses the development and main features of Nordic family laws. An overview of family structures and of the economic labour market and social conditions of families with children in the five Nordic countries is also provided. It is shown that family structures have experienced significant changes in the Nordic countries during the last few decades. A profile of the main outlines of family policies in these countries is presented, covering social security and childcare policies. The chapter finally offers a discussion about the basic situation of Nordic families with children, taking the existence of rather developed family policies into account, focusing on the similarities and dissimilarities between the five countries. It can be stated that the main features of family structures, family legislation and family policy are relatively similar in the five Nordic countries and, thus, they provide a largely uniform context for social work with families.

Keywords: Nordic family laws; family structures; economic labour market; children; social security; childcare policies; family legislation; social work

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