“När vi har grottats och brottats med ett dilemma väldigt länge”
: Specialpedagogers uppfattningar kring samverkan med socialtjänsten

Translated title of the thesis: Special educators´perceptions concerning the collaboration with the social services
  • Frida Eriksson
  • Maria Strand

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


Preschool, school and social services are obliged by law to collaborate. The special educators’ objective is to find solutions to difficulties that a student may have. This means said educators can be a partner to social services. The purpose of this study is to highlight the special educators’ perception of the collaboration with the social services to contribute with knowledge and progression between the authorities. Eight semi-structured interviews with special educators have been conducted. The results have been analyzed by using a thematic analysis, a systems theory framework and a relational- and categorical perspective concerning the special educators’ work with children in need of support. The results show that the special educators’ have a need for cooperating with social services on multiple occasions. This would imply that special educators’ have a relational perspective concerning difficulties and are of the opinion that the collective resources of the authorities generally is positive in supporting students. The role of the student health care concerning the work is under debate due to the fact that the different professions within the student health care have different pre-requisites to work from. The special educators’ opinion of collaboration between preschool, school and social services varies. They also express an understanding for the families and the social services, which show that the special educators’ are aware of and understand the importance of the collaborative relationship between all concerned parties. SIP is the most common form of collaboration and is considered positive furtherance. Confidentiality is a difficult factor for said collaboration since the special educators’ want to be able to meet the demands of the difficult situation that the students are in. An opportunity for development in the cooperation could be to have contact and communication between all concerned parties happen in a different way other than a file of concern being made, in order to cherish and protect the relationships between all parties concerned.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorAnnika Cederlund (Supervisor), Daniel Östlund (Assessor) & Daniel Östlund (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)


  • Abused children
  • collaboration
  • need for support
  • perceptions
  • semi-structured interviews
  • social services
  • special educators
  • systems theory

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