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Child Welfare Removals by the StateA Cross-Country Analysis of Decision-Making Systems$
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Kenneth Burns, Tarja Pvsv, and Marit Skivenes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190459567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459567.001.0001

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Placing children in state care in Sweden

Placing children in state care in Sweden

decision-making bodies, laypersons, and legal framework

(p.65) 4 Placing children in state care in Sweden
Child Welfare Removals by the State

Gustav Svensson

Staffan Höjer

Oxford University Press

The chapter gives a general description of the Swedish system for placing a child outside his/her home. The placement can be decided on either voluntary or involuntary grounds. A characteristic feature of the Swedish system is that lay-persons are involved in the decision-making at various levels. On a certain date in 2012, nearly 21,000 children and young persons were placed in care outside their own homes. Approximately 75 percent of them were placed in care on voluntary grounds and 25 percent on involuntary grounds. Although the Swedish system is considered to be in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the system has been criticized, for example, for lacking the genuine child-perspective that the UN Convention specifies.

Keywords:   Sweden, lay-persons, voluntary removals, involuntary removals, social welfare boards, children’s rights

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