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Unaccompanied minors and their everyday life in Kinship Care: An example from Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö University, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4663-4004
2022 (English)In: Youth Work Reader: Issues and Contexts / [ed] Irena Dychawy Rosner; Krzysztof Sawicki, Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek , 2022, p. 102-112Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter sheds light on the everyday lives of unaccompanied minors. A lit- erature review and a questionnaire answered by the social workers in charge of unaccompanied children’s placement in kinship care constitute the empirical foundation. In addition, a small pilot study has been conducted with some unac- companied minors to get their point of view. A core question is whether these unaccompanied minors in kinship care are more vulnerable than other groups of children in Sweden? On the one hand, yes, as the conditions for placement in kin- ship care have not always been optimal. On the other hand, the results suggest that placement with relatives often are better than other placements. Minors in kinship care have ordinary better health, and kinship care is more stable than other place- ments. The interviewed minors also convey a great sense of security in the kin families as the connection with their ethnic background is so stated. Behind the general picture of kinship care, the minors’ own stories also show a large variation concerning opportunities and conditions for unaccompanied living like this.

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Toruń: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszałek , 2022. p. 102-112
Keywords [en]
unaccompanied minors, foster home placement, kinship care, everyday life expe- rience, vulnerability, social work.
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Health and society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64483ISBN: 978-83-8180-595-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-64483DiVA, id: diva2:1819705
Available from: 2023-12-14 Created: 2023-12-14 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved

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