Fredsbaskrarna : samverkan mellan frivilligt socialt arbete och offentlig sektor
The veterans in Sweden is a group that is steadily growing, one of the reasons is the new employment agreement that requires the soldiers and officers to commit to Foreign Service. The Swedish Armed Forces have received critique from the government in their investigations concerning the Swedish veteran politics. Since then the Swedish government has introduced a new law that gives the Swedish Armed Forces an utmost responsibility concerning the veteran’s physical and mental health. The purpose of this study is to qualitatively investigate “The Peace berets”, a non-government organization which have had, and is still having a cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces as a result of the investigation conducted by the Swedish government. We investigate their social work with the veterans and their perspective on the cooperation between them and the public sector.
The study is based on qualitative interviews with four voluntary workers in the organization. In our analysis we have applied a theoretical perspective from the new institutional theory and the collaboration theory, that enlighten our data collected from the interviews. The result shows, as mentioned above, that the organization has a strong collaboration with the Swedish Armed forces, but not with the social workers which could depend on several facts. One of the reasons could be a result of the reigning confusion concerning the Law concerning the Swedish Armed Forces staff at international military interventions (SFS 2010:449). As a result of the confusion it is uncertain if the Swedish Armed Forces have an utmost responsibility concerning the veterans, which is confirmed by the interviewed persons. As represented in the result, they share different perspectives on whether the utmost responsibility belongs to the Swedish Armed Forces or the commune/ county council where the veteran is domiciled.
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