Key misconceptions when assessing digital technology for municipal youth social work: Centrale misforståelser ved digital teknologivurdering i forbindelse med myndighedsarbejde med unge

Thomas Mackrill, Frank Ebsen

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Abstract

Municipal youth protection work has become infused with digital technology, and yet there is still limited research on how to assess the impact of digital technology on municipal youth social work. This article reviews a range of misconceptions regarding the assessment of digital technology for youth social work in municipal contexts. This review was generated in connection with the development of an app system for communication between young clients and their municipal social workers in Denmark. The misconceptions relate to: variations in technologies and contexts; the impact of digital technologies on the relationship; social justice; differentiating between the user and the digital technology; digitalization and standardization; stakeholder and functional models of municipal social work. The paper concludes that the relationship between municipal social work and digital technology is complex and that thus complex comprehensions of municipal social work practice are needed if the relationship between technologies and practice is to be grasped adequately. The paper argues that given the complexity of the field and the speed of technological and legal changes, external support with regard to assessing how to use, develop and incorporate digital technology needs to be made available to municipalities and social workers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Volume21
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)942-953
Number of pages12
ISSN1369-1457
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • social work and social conditions

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