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About me

I am a social worker and counselor with a PhD in Social Work. I combine research with being Head of Counselling and Support Unit at Karolinska University Hospital.

Research description

My PhD Thesis Children at risk? Hospital social workers’ and their colleagues’ assessment and reporting experiences explored child health personnel’s experiences of assessment and reports of children at risk. It particularly focuses on how norms and emotions impact assessments.

I am currently involved in research about Specialist social workers' importance for qualitative and effective health care and discharge of asylum seeking and undocumented patients and a study about sexual and reproductive health among young people, aged 16-29 years, living with HIV in Sweden.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Svärd, V. (2017). Assessing Children at Risk: Organizational and Professional Conditions within Children’s Hospitals. Child & Family Social Work, 22(S4): 81–91. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12291

Svärd, V. (2017). Why Don’t They Report? Hospital personnel working with children at risk. Child Care in Practice, 23(4), 342-355. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2016.1188765

Svärd, V. (2016). A Matter of Professional Status: The Impact of Medical Hierarchies on Child Maltreatment Work. International Journal of Nursing & Clinical Practices, 3(208), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.15344/2394-4978/2016/208

Svärd, V. (2016). Children at Risk? Hospital social workers’ and their colleagues’ assessment and reporting experiences. Avhandling, Skriftserien Nr 2016:2, Institutionen för socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet. http://dx.doi.org/2077/42434

Svärd, V. (2014) Emotions and normativity in assessments of children at risk. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 6(4), 369-382. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJWOE.2014.068039

Svärd, V. (2014). Hospital social workers’ assessment processes for children at risk – Positions in and contributions to inter-professional teams. European journal of social work, 17(4): 508-522. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2013.806296

Svärd, V. (2008). Vårdpersonals attityder till att anmäla oro för barn som far illa – Litteraturöversikt av vilka faktorer som påverkar sjukhusläkare och sjuksköterskor. Kuratorsklinikens rapportserie. Kuratorskliniken. Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset: Stockholm.

Svärd, V. (2006). Kvinnor som immigrerat - Aktstudie av kvinnornas situation inom försörjningsstödsenheterna. FoU-rapport. Sollentuna: Forsknings- och utvecklingsenheten.

Svärd, V. (2006). ”När ska vi andas… på vårt sätt” Två invandrade kvinnors berättelser om att bli delaktig i det svenska samhället. FoU-rapport. Sollentuna: Forsknings- och utvecklingsenheten.
 

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