A Nordic model in child welfare?

Helena Blomberg, Clary Corander, Christian Kroll, Anna Meeuwisse, Roberto Scaramuzzino and Hans Swärd

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:
A Nordic model in child welfare?

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This chapter captures the similarities and variations in the performance of child welfare through a comparative Nordic approach. It provides new perspectives on the discussion on whether the welfare model way of thinking is producing good results in the case of child welfare services in the Nordic countries. The chapter also provides general reflections on methodological issues in comparative research on personal welfare services. The research to which this chapter refers is based on case studies of municipal individually geared social work in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. The results from the first two parts of the study are given with the aim of highlighting some possible features of a Nordic model in child welfare. The results from the study appear to reflect clearly a family service oriented and preventive Nordic child welfare system. The analyses do point at a common model of child welfare in the selected welfare offices in the four countries.

Keywords: Nordic child welfare; welfare model; social work; Copenhagen; Helsinki; Oslo; Stockholm

Chapter.  7651 words. 

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