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Child Protection SystemsInternational Trends and Orientations$
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Neil Gilbert, Nigel Parton, and Marit Skivenes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793358.001.0001

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The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State?

The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State?

Child Abuse and Protection in Sweden

(p.89) 5 The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State?
Child Protection Systems

Madeleine Cocozza

Sven E. O. Hort

Oxford University Press

On more than one occasion Sweden has been singled out as the most successful contemporary example of a harsh industrial class society transformed into an advanced human welfare society. The question raised in this chapter it how this human welfare society has succeeded in protection children from abuse and neglect. This chapter hence discusses the current formal Swedish child protection system. The systemic changes and trends in the social practice during the last fifteen years are outlined as well as the prospects inherent in the present overview of the system initiated by the national government in December 2007 and presented to the public as a proposal for a new Child Protection law in June 2009. In the concluding section this political intervention as well as other challenges to the present Swedish child protection system are discussed in a macro-sociological perspective.

Keywords:   Sweden, child protection, child protection law, out-of-home placement, welfare state model, social services

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