FSD3332 Social Workers' Experiences of Child Custody Evaluation 2017

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  • Huitula, Eeva (University of Jyväskylä. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)


child custody, child protection, family law, social services, social workers


This dataset consists of interviews with Finnish social workers concerning child custody evaluations commissioned by district courts in custody dispute situations. Municipalities and joint municipal authorities with over 12,000 inhabitants in North Ostrobothnia were selected for the study. The data contain eight individual interviews.

In the interviews, the social workers discussed contents of their work relating to custody evaluations: e.g. meeting deadlines, who commissioned custody evaluations, how many evaluations were carried out annually in the municipality, how many times they met the children and parents during evaluation, and whether the interviewees considered custody evaluations part of their child protection work. The interviewees also assessed the significance and quality of cooperation with different actors as well as how child custody evaluation work fit in with their other work.

All interviewees work in the North Ostrobothnia region. No other background information is available.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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