Social services including care for older people
Social services including care for older people is about the support and help provided by society to people who are particularly vulnerable or experiencing difficulties. This area covers individual and family care, support for people with disabilities and care of the elderly.
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About the COVID-19 virus: for older people, people with health conditions and health and social care staff, 24 June
Here you can read more about current measures in health and social care and health and social care staff. This is the fourth article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Enhancing welfare requires a strong society
Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren talks about her areas of responsibility, her priorities and the challenges that await during this electoral period.
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Talks with trade unions about security situation in homes for care or residence
On 8 February, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér met the relevant trade unions. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the security situation in homes for care or residence and supported accommodation.
New model to distribute unaccompanied minors fairly between municipalities
Unaccompanied minors are not distributed fairly between municipalities, their reception is unpredictable and the conditions for planning could be improved. The Government has therefore instructed the Swedish Migration Agency to produce a new allocation model for unaccompanied children and young people. The model entered into force on 1 April 2016.
National Board of Health and Welfare to analyse reception of unaccompanied refugee children
The Government has tasked the National Board of Health and Welfare with conducting an in-depth analysis of the consequences for social services of the current refugee situation and the increase in the number of unaccompanied minors. The vulnerability of girls, access to interpreters and the skills needs in social services are three areas that are included in the remit.
Supported accommodation – a new form of placement for children and young people
The Government has presented the Government Bill 'Supported accommodation – a new form of placement for children and young people' (Govt Bill 2015/16:43) to the Riksdag. In the Bill, the Government proposes a new form of placement for children and young people aged 16–20 under the Social Services Act – supported accommodation.
The National Board of Health and Welfare coordinates information on foster homes for children
On 29 October, the Government tasked the National Board of Health and Welfare with initiating and nationally coordinating initiatives to raise awareness of foster homes, emergency foster homes and legal representatives for unaccompanied minors and specially appointed custodians.
Call function supports municipalities in their work with the refugee situation
On 22 October, the Government tasked the National Board of Health and Welfare with setting up a call function for the purpose of responding to questions from and providing support for the municipal social services in connection with the current refugee situation. The call function will be based on relevant legislation and available knowledge within the Board’s areas of responsibility.
The National Board of Institutional Care to set up 1000 places
On 8 October, the Government tasked the National Board of Institutional Care with looking into the possibility of setting up and providing at least 1000 places in supported accommodation and homes for care or residence for children and young people aged 16 to 20.
Billion kronor investment in social services will strengthen social care services for children and young people
In the Budget Bill for 2016, the Government proposed that SEK 250 million should be allocated annually during 2016–2019 to strengthen and develop these activities. The funds will be devoted primarily to increased staffing, as well as to initiatives to promote skills and quality.
How we are developing reception of unaccompanied minors and young people
On 12 October, the Government arranged the national action 'Sweden together'. Participants were invited to around ten seminars as part of the event. One of the themes was 'How we are developing reception of unaccompanied minors and young people'.
Working together to find effective ways to manage the situation
"In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of EU citizens staying in Sweden temporarily, many of whom come from Romania and Bulgaria. These people are in a vulnerable situation. We need to find effective ways to manage this situation, and cooperation between our countries is of course very important," said Ms Regnér when meeting her Bulgarian counterpart Mr Kalafin on 9 September.