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Social Work and Lost Contacts with Clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experiences of Shared Trauma from Three Different Civil Society Organisations
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9039-2201
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2233-9297
2023 (English)In: Social Work During COVID-19: Glocal Perspectives and Implications for the Future of Social Work / [ed] Timo Harrikari, Joseph Mooney, Malathi Adusumalli, Paula McFadden, Tuomas Leppiaho, Routledge, 2023, p. 158-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, social workers at battered women's shelters and night shelters and church deacons in Sweden warned that they were at risk of losing contact with their clients. Thus, even though Sweden was never subject to a lockdown in 2020 or 2021, many of the signals from the social workers indicated that their lost clients were at risk of increased ill health, mental illness, and violence due to the situation produced by the pandemic. The aim of this chapter is to develop a theoretical and empirical understanding of this vulnerable position that was imposed on these client groups by the COVID-19 pandemic. These developments also created fear and worry among the social workers themselves, when it became clear to them that they were at risk of losing contact with their clients. Therefore, the concept of shared trauma is used to focus on the way in which care workers are exposed to similar impacts of collective traumatic events as their clients. From the start of the project in March 2020, a total of 25 different civil society organisations have been followed through short telephone interviews. The method is inspired by rapid ethnographies.

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Routledge, 2023. p. 158-170
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Social Work, COVID-19, Pandemic, Shared Trauma, Civil Society Organisation
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Social Work
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Health and society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59047DOI: 10.4324/9781003374374-15ISBN: 9781003374374 (electronic)ISBN: 9781032215396 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-59047DiVA, id: diva2:1748102
Available from: 2023-04-01 Created: 2023-04-01 Last updated: 2023-04-13Bibliographically approved

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