Recognising common developments and trends across Western child welfare systems: A comparison of Italy, Norway and Slovenia

Nina Helen Aas Røkkum, Nigel Parton, Bente Heggem Kojan

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Abstract

Based on observational data, individual interviews (N = 22) and focus groups (N = 8) with practitioners in Italy, Norway and Slovenia, this study applies a grounded theory approach in exploring frontline practitioners’ experiences of supporting families involved with child welfare services. It was anticipated that there would be significant differences between the countries regarding practitioners’ understandings of families’ needs and problems, and approaches to help. However, the analysis showed considerable transnational similarities. This study, therefore, offers a new perspective to the welfare regime literature in suggesting that there are important similarities to be recognised across child welfare typologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-51
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume67
Issue number1
Early online date25 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2024

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