Social services and child care in Sweden

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Social services in Sweden study tour

Social services to its citizens are a central part of the Swedish welfare system. The Swedish social services operate in two main areas – care of the individual and the family and care and nursing for the elderly and those with disabilities. The responsibility to provide for the social services on an individual level lies within each municipality while legislation, polices and monitoring is controlled on a national level.

Social healthcare and welfare in Sweden: an introduction
Social welfare in Sweden is primarily funded by public taxes. Social welfare in Sweden is split into three areas, each managed by three separate ministries: welfare, education and labor. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for welfare. Education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Research. The labour market is the responsibility of the Ministry of Employment. In general, their work is to set governing rules in the form of regulations and directives. In other cases, they work with available strategies, action plans and programs that specify the orientation of work. The Ministries cooperate closely with each other, other national Ministries as well as with many international institutions, such as UNICEF, OECD, the EU, etc.

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Overview of social services in Sweden study tour

This study tour typically focuses on different aspects of the social services and welfare Swedish model in the policy making, management and administration of the social services at all levels of social system. Explore various aspects of the study tour below. 

Objective

It aims at giving the participants an understanding of how social services can be organized and managed in order to meet efficiency without compromising the need and integrity of the individual. It will demonstrate the Swedish experience with the development of social services policy and its implementation issues and challenges at all levels of social system. It is meant to provide basics facts about the Swedish model as well as give inspiration to participants who can make their own reflections

Program details

These vary and are adapted to client interests, demands and priorities. However, typical subject areas include:

  • Legal framework for the social services organization in Sweden
  • Presentation of National Board of Welfare, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
  • Organization of the social services at different levels, from the national/policy level to administration (inspection/supervision/licensing) and down to service delivery level for different categories of population
  • Decentralization practices of the social services, models and typologies for:
    • Expectant parents
    • New parents
    • Care of children
    • Education
    • Elderly care
    • Disabled persons
  • Financing of the social services and the partnership model with the non government/private sector
  • Visits to different public and non public social care services at the service delivery level (nursing homes, disability programs, child care)

Methodology

These vary and are adapted to client interests, demands and priorities. However, typical tours include meetings and visits held at the most relevant institutions providing social services.

  • Language: English. An interpreter can be provided upon request.
  • Theoretical elements include lectures, discussions and group interactions
  • Practical studies include point-of-service or care visits, real data and actual scenarios, etc.

Who should attend?

Managers, Civil servants, Policy makers and Politicians with full or partial responsibility for Social Services. Typically:

  • Social Service Managers
  • National Health Care policy makers
  • Politicians
  • Administrators

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