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Violence risk assessments and ethics in three Swedish government agencies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8186-3662
2014 (English)In: Eurocrim 2014, 14th Annual Conference of the ESC, Prague, 10–13 September, 2014: Criminology of Europe: Inspiration by Diversity. Book of Abstracts, Prague: European Society of Criminology , 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

According to the Swedish Work Environment Act, the responsibility for ensuring a safe work environment is placed with the employer. This project aims at studying three state agencies in the light of this responsibility. The three authorities - the Social Insurance Agency, the Migration Board and the National Board of Institutional Care has in common that their clients’ personal welfare is affected by the decisions made by these authorities. The common occurrence of negative decisions in these authorities is a known risk factor for producing violence aimed at the public officials. The project is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of how the knowledge that forms the base for the risk-assessment of violence in these authorities is gathered.

Three studies will be performed, each analyzing different source: 1) Guidelines 2) Interviews with employees responsible for safety issues in the authorities 3) Incident reports or occurrence investigations. Questions are directed towards understanding the production of knowledge about violence. What assumptions about violence are visible? What occurrence of violence do the authorities have to handle? What factors are causing the problems of violence? Can the roots of violence be trace to the inside or the outside of the authority? What activities will be risk-assessed (or not)? When do the rights of the clients and employees collide? How can harms be avoided?

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Prague: European Society of Criminology , 2014.
Keyword [en]
Workplace violence, Risk assessment, Crime prevention, Public policy
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166137OAI: diva2:809366
14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology held in Prague, September 10–13, 2014
Postdoc grant (FORTE): Violence and Threat Risk Assessment in three government agencies
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-1670

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