The Dark Side of the Universal Welfare State?
Child Abuse and Protection in Sweden
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.
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