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Children helping to co-construct a digital tool that is designed to increase children’s participation in child welfare investigations in Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (HAL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6227-4408
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (SAMPRODUKTION)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3068-5384
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5224-8302
2022 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 367-392Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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How do children (aged 6-12 years) understand and make use of a digital tool that is under development? This article builds on an ongoing interdisciplinary research project in which children, social workers (the inventers of this social innovation) and researchers together develop an interactive digital tool (application) to strengthen children's participation during the planning and process of welfare assessments. Departing from social constructionism, and using a discursive narrative approach with visual ethnography, the aim of the article is to display how the children co-construct the application and contribute with "stories of life situations" by drawing themselves as characters and the places they frequent. The findings show that the children improved the application by suggesting more affordances so that they could better create themselves/others, by discovering bugs, and by showing how it could appeal to children of various ages. The application helped the children to start communicating and bonding when creating themselves in detail, drawing places/characters and describing events associated with them, and sharing small life stories. The application can help children and social workers to connect and facilitate children's participation by allowing them to focus on their own perspectives when drawing and sharing stories.

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2022. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 367-392
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-53277DOI: 10.1177/1473325021990864ISI: 000618471700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85100548381OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-53277DiVA, id: diva2:1524181
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2018-01319Available from: 2021-01-31 Created: 2021-01-31 Last updated: 2022-06-13Bibliographically approved

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