Who suspects and report child maltreatment to Social Services in Sweden?: Is there a reliable mandatory reporting process?
2007 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, Vol. 10, no 2, 209-223 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article deals with the mandatory report process in Sweden. The components that are analysed are who makes the reports, what is reported and the outcome for the reports. Data were collected in a Swedish county in the year 2000 by means of locating every report made to the Social Services during one year (1998). The net sample consisted of 1,570 reports regarding 1,051 children. A follow-up study was carried out in 2003 of all the children for whom a report in 1998 did not lead to an investigation being initiated. We found in these study indicators that the process might not be secure. The professionals reported 1% of the children in the municipality; 22% of the reports from professionals were not investigated. The five-year follow-up study shows that 53% of the children that these reports concerned had been the subject of an investigation. This could be an indicator that children continue to be maltreated after being reported since the assessments are not accurate. In this study, 67% of 'crime reports' were 'not indicating' child maltreatment. There should be a questioning of 'crime reports' automatically entering the mandated report process as, if registered nationally, this could lead to a deflation of mandatory reports. Administration needs to change introducing a national form for filing reports.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 10, no 2, 209-223 p.
Mandatory Reporting, Child Protection, Reporter, Child Welfare, Child Neglect, Child Abuse, Social Services, Anmälningsplikt, Anmälare, Barn Som Far Illa, Social Förvaltning, Barnmisshandel
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12932DOI: 10.1080/13691450701317996OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12932DiVA: diva2:17423