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The decision whether to report on children exposed to domestic violence: perceptions andexperiences of teachers and school health staff
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Social Research, ISSN 1892-2783, E-ISSN 1892-2783, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The law requires staff at Swedish preschools and schools to report suspected

or known child abuse to the child protection services (CPS). In this qualitative

study, focus group and individual interviews with teachers and staff in the

school health teams (SHTs) were conducted to examine their experiences

and strategies when they decide to make or not make a legislative report

to the CPS when they suspect or know that a child has been witnessing

domestic violence. What affect professionals at preschool and school when

they decide whether to make a report to the CPS? What arguments do

the professionals at preschool and school use when they talk about what

affects them in their decisions on whether to make a report to the CPS? What

prevents or promotes such a decision? The data is analysed from a social

constructionist perspective and the concept emotional work. The results

indicate that the professionals seem to be very insecure and emotionally

governed in such situations. It is explained as a result of a lack of knowledge

and support at the institutional level for their complex emotional and

practical work in making decisions and acting in relation to children affected

by exposure to domestic violence (EDV). In addition, their relations with

the CPS are an important factor in how they respond to children that are

affected by EDV. The study also reveals some good examples and strategies

that professionals use to live up to their mandatory duty to report children

that are exposed to domestic violence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017. 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
Domestic violence; pre/school; mandatory report; child protective services;emotional work
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143215DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2017.1405837OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143215DiVA: diva2:1159889
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-00028-4
Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2017-12-11

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