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Developing welfare technology to increase children’s participation in child welfare assessments: an empirical case in Sweden
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.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
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (HAL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6227-4408
2023 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of the article is to describe and problematise the practice-initiated idea of developing a digital tool for children in child welfare investigations and whether and how this welfare technology is useful for social workers. The results include interview data and descriptions of the research process. The social workers are of the opinion that the digital application increases the possibilities for children’s participation in child investigations, even though their main focus is to create an alliance with the parents. During the research process the digital tool has developed from an empirical idea to a conversation tool and been tested with different user groups. However, the law on procurement limits the possibilities for data storage if the digital tool is to be used in the future. In sum, in order to develop child protection work further, more practice-based research needs to be conducted so that researchers can develop the practice’s ideas and identify the obstacles, opportunities, organisational conditions and development needs. The social workers in this study believe that the digital tool is useful for accessing children's perspectives and experiences, even though relational work with children is not their main task in child welfare investigations. 

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Routledge , 2023.
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Child welfare assessments, children’s participation, digital tools, human-computer interaction, social work, article, child, child protection, child welfare, conversation, human, human computer interaction, information storage, interview, social worker, Sweden
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-63969DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2023.2243053ISI: 001043187300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85166940233OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-63969DiVA, id: diva2:1788290
Available from: 2023-08-16 Created: 2023-08-16 Last updated: 2023-12-06Bibliographically approved

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