Negotiating shared care: when professional carers and parents engage in decision-making regarding children placed in care

Sabine Jørgensen, Ida Skytte Jakobsen

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In conversation people are generally treated as having the rights to hold and articulate knowledge about their own experiences (Heritage, 2011; Sacks, 1984) and as being more knowledgeable about their relatives, friends, jobs, etc. than others (Raymond & Heritage, 2006). In that regard parents are generally treated as having the right and responsibility to know more about their own children than
non-family members. However, when children are placed in out-of-home care this epistemic authority is challenged since access to everyday life experiences with the child is shared with professional cares or foster parents.
In this paper we explore the ways in which professionals and parents to children placed in out-ofhome care engage in negotiations about the rights and responsibilities to claim knowledge about the child. The focus is on relational implications of the way epistemic authority is managed in the conversation and the consequences of the management of such rights and responsibilities for the
accomplishment of conversational activities and institutional goals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date17 Nov 2021
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021
EventNORDISCO (Nordic Interdisciplinary Interaction Discourse): The 6th Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction - Online, Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 17 Nov 202119 Nov 2021
Conference number: 6


ConferenceNORDISCO (Nordic Interdisciplinary Interaction Discourse)
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  • children and youth
  • social work and social conditions
  • social work practice
  • educational science studies
  • social work education
  • research designs, theory and method


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