Social Work in the Danish Digitalized Welfare State – and the Use of Digital Technologies for Professional Knowledge in Child Services

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Abstract

Digitization and Big Data are on the agenda in the Danish welfare state as measures to improve services. In the case of child services, ICTs (Information Communication Technologies) are implemented as a means of securing compliance with legislation and evaluating the effects of services. However, the specific institutional environment of Danish child care agencies affect the deployment of ICTs, and thus the knowledge types that are fostered by the technology. Furthermore, the functionalities and embedded logic of ICTs in Danish childcare are likely to clash with the needs of professionals. The chapter examines the effects of ICTs on the prioritization and transfer of knowledge in Danish child care agencies. How do social workers cope with the consequences of an increased interdependency with the computer for assessment? Moreover, to what extent does the social workers’ own prioritization of knowledge types outside formal organizational structures vary from that within the child care agency?
Translated title of the contributionSocialt arbejde i den danske digitale velfærdsstat - brugen af digital teknologi for professionel viden på området for udsatte børn og unge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBig Data : Promise, Application and Pitfalls
EditorsJohn Storm Pedersen, Adrian Wilkinson
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date29. Nov 2019
Pages224-244
ISBN (Print)9781788112345
ISBN (Electronic)9781788112352
Publication statusPublished - 29. Nov 2019

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