This presentation will focus on the family-friendly aspects of the welfare system in Sweden but will also touch on how the Swedish system works in cases where the child’s health and development may be in danger.
Nina Tryggvason is a Ph.D. student and works as an instructor at Högskolan Väst (“University West”) in Trollhättan Sweden. She has a master’s degree in social work and is a trained preschool teacher and social worker. Prior to her work at Högskolan Väst, Tryggvason worked as a social worker, primarily with children and their families. The prevention of child abuse has been the common thread in her work. Her experience in this area includes child protection, work with refugee families and preventative work with families in need of support. She helped develop a “family preschool” for parents with small children who needed support in their everyday life — many of these families were young, and/or lacked support from their environment. Since 2012, she has been part of the Swedish team in the Parenting Across Cultures (PAC) research project, a longitudinal study of parenting and child adjustment taking place in nine countries. In her thesis, based on data from the PAC project, Tryggvason examines how 10 year-old children from around the world perceive their participation in decision-making processes and activities in their families.