Hur beskrivs barnets bästa i LVU-domar?
Sammanfattning: The aim of this study is to find out how “the best interest of the child” is considered in courtroom proceedings where any placement according to LVU exists, or where it is deliberated that care according to LVU shall cease. The purpose is further to analyze the arguments made about “the best interest of the child” and to study how children´s feelings and experiences are expressed in LVU judgments. To answer the questions and the purpose of the study, we have used a qualitative text analysis method, more specifically to sort, reduce and argue our empirical material. Our empirical material consists of nine judgments from various courts of appeal in Sweden between the years 2018 and 2020. We used the theories of social constructivism and childhood sociology when we analyzed our empirical material. The results of the study show that “the best interest of the child” is presented in each legal case based on the social construction of what is considered “the best interest of the child”. Furthermore, the study found that children´s feelings and experiences are often expressed in the courtroom proceeding, but not to the extent that it should.
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