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Case conferences as informal backstage meetings - studying priorities used by social workers in assessment conversations
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9293-4932
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are few studies in social work with older people today that cast light on how case conferences function as assessments. The focus of this presentation is one case that is considered as difficult as it falls between the cracks amongst two legislations (regarding services in elderly care and disability services). The data consist of recordings of two informal backstage meetings amongst social workers in one Swedish social work agency. The case conferences was analyzed using discourse analysis. Case conferences officially have an informal advisory stated function. However, the study demonstrates that the talk in the case conferences is rich in arguments about priorities and how to dismiss solutions with different dimensions of assessment making depending on which legislation the social workers rely on. The arguments used in case conferences to dismiss different solutions are related to (i) Cultural arguments including relatives' involvement in care, language reasons- and integration (ii) Organizational and legal arguments including organization's resources and economic arguments. (iii) Specific arguments related to the client or a group with the same diagnosis. The results show that case conference regarding elderly care services, relies more on cultural arguments, as these assessments are based on the Social Service Act which are a framework legislation which opens up for more interpretations by the social workers. The case conference regarding disability services are based more on legal and organizational arguments as it relies on the  ‘Act Concerning Support and Services to Persons with Certain Functional Impairments’ which is a civil rights legislations which gives clearer directives for the social workers. By making case conferences visible as everyday assessment practices, the findings suggests  that there is a de-clientificating process in practice  which is directed by categorization were cultural, organizational as well as legislative arguments are at play. As a result, there is no attempt to treat or change the individual’s social problems.

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2018.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153625OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153625DiVA, id: diva2:1275055
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Nordic Social Work Conference FORSA/​NOUSA, 21-23 Novem­ber 2018, Uni­versity of Helsinki, Fin­land
Available from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-04 Last updated: 2019-01-04

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