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Reports of concern to the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS) – seen from young people’s standpoint

Siv Kristine Schrøder of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Youths´ entrance to and initial contact with the child welfare service» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree 25 October 2021 2021. (Photo: Private)

The main finding is that young people’s effort to get in contact with the CWS, only to a small degree was acknowledge by the caseworkers employed in the municipal CWS or visible in the political documents.

Siv Kristine Schrøder

PhD Candidate

Siv Kristine Schrøder of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Youths´ entrance to and initial contact with the child welfare service» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree 25 October 2021 2021. 

She  has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Agder, with specialisation in Sociology and Social Work.

Summary of the thesis by Siv Kristine Schrøder:

Reports of concern to the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS) – seen from young people’s standpoint

For the Child Welfare Services (CWS) to be able to help children and families in a correct manner and at the right time, they need to be made aware of children at risk. Siv Schrøder has written a doctoral thesis about reports of concern to the CWS.

When youth takes contact -

In the thesis, young people’s own experiences from getting in contact with the CWS are made visible. Through interviews with young people, the study gives an important and new insight into young people’s experiences regarding receiving help when they face abuse and neglect from their parents.

In addition to interviews with young people, Schrøder has interviewed caseworkers employed in the municipal CWS and analyzed political documents.

In this way it has been possible to investigate how the young people’s experiences can be understood in relation to institutional frames.

- they met little acknowledgement

The main finding is that young people’s effort to get in contact with the CWS, only to a small degree was acknowledged by the caseworkers employed in the municipal CWS or visible in the political documents.

Schrøder´s methodological approach makes it possible for young people to be a part of the knowledge production about the CWS.

Their knowledge is an important contribution when it comes to making the CWS available for young people at risk and in need of help.

Opponent ex auditorio:

The chair invites members of the public to pose questions ex auditorio in the introduction to the public defense, with deadlines. It is a prerequisite that the opponent has read the thesis..

 

Disputation facts:

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place at Gabriel Scotts auditorium - B1-001, Campus Kristiansand.

Dean Anne Halvorsen, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture Monday 25 October at 10:15 hours

Public defence Monday 25 October at 12:15 hours

The disputation will be streamed at this link: https://www.uia.no/live/event/disputas-krs

 

Given topic for trial lecture«Hvilke teorigrunnlag og syn på barn og unge preger nasjonal og internasjonal forskning om meldinger til barnevernet?»

(“Which theoretical foundations and views on children characterize national and international research on reports to the child services?”)

Thesis Title«Ungdoms inngang til og møte med barnevernstjenesten»

(«Youths´ entrance to and initial contact with the child welfare service»)

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available:

https://hdl.handle.net/11250/2824058

 

The CandidateSiv Kristine Schrøder (1984, Bergen) Bachelor degree: (social work), Bergen  University College (2007), Masters degree in welfare studies, UiA (2012) Present position: Assistant Professor at The Department of Psychosocial Health, UiA.

Opponents:

First opponent: Professor emeritus Lennart Nygren, Umeå University, Sweden

Second opponent: Professor Oddbjørg Skjær Ulvik, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Professor Reidun Follesø, Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Agder, (see also Reidun Follesø, University of South-Eastern Norway) is appointed as the administrator for the assessment commitee.

Supervisors in the doctoral work were Professor Emerita Anne Marie Støkken, UiA (main supervisor), Professor Emeritus Bjørn Øystein Angel, UiA and Professor Morten Blekesaune, UiA (co-supervisors)