FSD3442 Child-up: Survey for Social Workers 2019

Authors

  • Kuusipalo, Paula (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Kinossalo, Maiju (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Sihto, Jaakko (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Tiilikka, Tiina (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Raziano, Alissia (Liège University)
  • Drößler, Thomas (Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Dresden)
  • Rohr, Margund K. (Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Dresden)
  • Wächter, Franziska (Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Dresden)
  • Amadasi, Sara (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Ballestri, Chiara (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Baraldi, Claudio (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Struzik, Justyna (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
  • Slusarczyk, Magdalena (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
  • Warat, Marta (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
  • Righard, Erica (Malmö University)
  • Harju, Anne (Malmö University)
  • Svensson Källberg, Petra (Malmö University)
  • Frisch, Morten (Malmö University)
  • Farini, Federico (University of Northampton)
  • Murray, Jane (University of Northampton)
  • Woodbridge-Dodd, Kim (University of Northampton)
  • Prokopiou, Eva (University of Northampton)
  • Scollan, Angela (University of Northampton)

Keywords

children, cultural pluralism, immigrants, lower secondary education, primary education, schoolchildren, schools, second languages, social interaction, social work, social workers

Abstract

The survey charted the experiences of social workers regarding cultural pluralism, their work with children and young people, and interaction in different languages. The data were collected as part of the Child-up research project, which aims to enhance understanding on the experiences of migrant children, young people, and their guardians regarding school, pre-school, and educational communities, as well as the experiences of the professionals working with them. The data were collected in Finland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Poland, and Great Britain. The research project was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme.

First, the respondents were asked which languages they used in their work and how they applied linguistic resources in social work (e.g. by using the client's native language or allowing the client to use translation). The respondents were also asked to evaluate how many of their clients had immigrant or refugee backgrounds or other special needs (such as physical disabilities or social problems), and how they would rate the support provided to the clients in these groups.

The respondents' opinions were surveyed on various statements, such as whether they thought they could raise awareness for cultural differences amongst their clients and could cope with the demands they were facing at work. Additionally, they were asked to evaluate how well they could support children's participation and initiatives in their work. The respondents' satisfaction with different aspects of their work, such as their occupational situation in general, their relationship with the clients, and their superior's support, was examined next. Finally, the respondents' views on several statements regarding cultural pluralism were charted.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, work experience in years, level of education, sector of employment, country of birth, parents' country of birth, and immigrant background.

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