A comparison of out-of-home care for children and young people in Australia and Sweden: worlds apart?

Healy, Karen, Lundström, Tommy and Sallnas, Marie (2011) A comparison of out-of-home care for children and young people in Australia and Sweden: worlds apart?. Australian Social Work, 64 4: 416-431. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2011.603092

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Author Healy, Karen
Lundström, Tommy
Sallnas, Marie
Title A comparison of out-of-home care for children and young people in Australia and Sweden: worlds apart?
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2011.603092
Open Access Status
Volume 64
Issue 4
Start page 416
End page 431
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract In this paper we present a comparative analysis of out-of-home care in Australia and Sweden. We compare the age structure of the out-of-home care population and the types of out-of-home care services provided to children and young people in both countries. Our analysis reveals that in Australia the out-of-home care service system is focused mainly on children who are deemed to be abused or neglected within their families, while in Sweden the majority of the out-of-home care population are teenagers who cannot live with their families for emotional or behavioural reasons. These population differences intersect with variations in the forms of service provision in both countries, with a much greater reliance on home-based care in Australia than in Sweden, while there is more extensive use of residential care in Sweden. We envisage that this paper will demonstrate how the age structure of the out-of-home care population, though rarely considered in international comparative child welfare research, reveals much about the assumptions on which State intervention with children and young people is based. We intend that this analysis will assist social workers to better understand and address the gaps in the quality and comprehensiveness of out-of-home care service provision to children and young people in both countries.
Keyword Out-of-home care
Child and family welfare
Comparative research
Sweden
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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