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Welfare services without a needs assessment
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2531-7018
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Linköping Municipality has for a number of years been practicing a model which means that social services are offered without foregoing assessment. In this way, the ambition is to make social services more accessible and to move away from those bureaucratic procedures associated with a needs assessment process. Authorities with responsibility for supervision over social services has argued that this practice is not compatible with current legislation.

To benefit from welfare services without a needs assessment raises a number of fundamental questions: Where is the line between trusting the free will of the individual, and the possibilities of using scientific methods as the basis for deciding what measures to take? What does different ways of organizing social work practice mean for service users as well as for social workers?

These questions are studied in a project at Linköping University during 2014-2016. Our presentations aims at describing the project and presenting some preliminary results.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117458OAI: diva2:808350
FORSA and NOUSA symposium, Malmö, Sweden 8-10 of October 2014
Available from: 2015-04-28 Created: 2015-04-28 Last updated: 2015-05-05

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